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Frequently Asked Questions

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Short Answer

Polycystic ovary syndrome (formally known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome) is an endocrine disorder that affects women of all races and nationalities of child bearing age, and is a leading cause of infertility.

Long Answer

Often, PCOS is characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth, or obesity.

Metformin (met FOR min), which is used to treat type-2 diabetes, also helps with PCOS symptoms. Other diabetes and fertility medications, as well as birth control pills, may be used to help manage PCOS. Keeping a healthy weight is also important.

Related terms:

  • Antihyperglycemic agents
  • Apo-Metformin
  • Fortamet
  • Gen-Metformin
  • Glucophage
  • Gluformin
  • Glumetza
  • Glycon
  • Metformin hydrochloride
  • Novo-Metformin
  • Nu-Metformin
  • Obimet
  • Riomet

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