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There is no cure for PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). But birth control pills can be used for long-term treatment in women who do not wish to get pregnant. The type of birth control used for treating PCOS is combined hormonal birth control pills, meaning the pills contain both estrogen and progestin.

The hormones in birth control pills may help regulate menstrual bleeding. The pills also may help reduce excessive hair growth and acne. And the pills may decrease the risk of endometrial cancer.

See Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to learn more about PCOS.

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Published: October 2020

Last reviewed: October 2020

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