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Polycystic Ovaries
Approximately 1:5 women have polycystic ovaries (PCO) at some time. On scanning the ovaries, we can see more little developing follicles than we usually do, hence the term "polycystic" - many cysts.

These are not pre-cancerous, and are simply developing eggs. PCO may run in families; the symptoms tend to be irregular periods, problems with acne and excessive hair growth.

Because ovulation may be less regular, it may take longer to become pregnant, and some women with PCO may need fertility help.
If you are overweight, the most important measure is to lose weight.

The combined oral contraceptive pill may help with many of the symptoms.

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