What medications help regulate menstruation for someone with Polycystic ovary syndrome?

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Dr Michelle Chia

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Women diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome commonly experience irregular menstural periods.

It is important to get evaluated early and to consider treatment for period regulation as not having your periods for a prolonged period of time can lead to excessive build up of your womb lining.

One of the most useful medications that is common prescribed for girls with PCOS is the birth control pill. This is an very effective way to regulate your periods.

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