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PCOS can have several different symptoms caused by hormone imbalances. As well as irregular periods, you may gain weight, have excess body hair or acne. It can also affect your mood and increase the risk of depression. For more information, see the symptoms section.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is likely to be caused by a combination of lifestyle factors and the genes you’ve inherited. Although it’s not possible to cure it, changes to your lifestyle may help to reduce symptoms. See our section on self-help for more information.
If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) you might have difficulty getting pregnant. Irregular periods, fewer periods, or none at all can make it more difficult to conceive. If you’re having difficulty conceiving, treatment for PCOS may help you to have a baby. See our section on complications for more information.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is likely to be caused by a combination of things. But your risk may be higher if your mother or sister has the condition. We now know of some genes that are linked to PCOS. See the section on causes of PCOS for more information.
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