Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition that commonly affects women of reproductive age. The cause isn’t well understood, but may include a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

  • Excess male hormones, or androgens
  • Excess hair growth, including facial hair
  • Acne
  • Thinning hair on scalp
  • Infrequent or irregular menstrual periods
  • Infertility
  • Small follicles on ovaries that resemble cysts

Treatment options

There currently is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome, but there are many treatment options, including:

  • Medications
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Counseling
  • Metabolic screening

Why Choose Ohio State?

Ohio State endocrinologists and gynecologists have teamed up to offer expert care for patients with polycystic ovary syndrome at the Center for Women's Health. Initial steps include a comprehensive evaluation and laboratory analysis to determine if the patient has polycystic ovary syndrome. We then collaborate to determine the best plan to manage symptoms associated with this chronic syndrome.

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