Can Polycystic Ovary Syndrome cause acne?

Do you know what Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Often called PCOS) is? If you’re looking for more information about it, read on.

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) typically begin shortly after puberty and the most common symptoms are weight gain, mood swings, excessive facial or body hair, irregular periods, acne and reduced fertility. Yep — acne is included in the list.

All females have small levels of testosterone (The male hormone). In women with PCOS, the ovaries or adrenal glands produce excess androgens (Testosterone). that can lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

The easiest way to find out if you have PCOS is a combination of a physical exam by your OB-GYN and blood testing.

There are treatments out there for PCOS. The most common treatment for PCOS are birth control pills. These medications can help regulate the monthly period and reduce testosterone levels. Once the hormones are balanced, symptoms of PCOS (Like excess hair growth and acne) often improve. Weight reduction of even 10% can increase insulin sensitivity and help balance hormones.

Speak to your OB-GYN if you feel you may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

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