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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a menstrual disorder that causes irregular periods. It’s related to a hormonal imbalance involving the ovaries. Teens who have PCOS may have many small cysts in their ovaries. 

Teens with PCOS can have heavy or skipped periods. They may have excess acne and hair on the face, chest and back. Some have weight gain and dark, thick skin around the neck, armpits or breasts. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar (diabetes) can also happen. 

Learn more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at the Nemours KidsHealth Library

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Endocrinology

Nemours Children's pediatric endocrinologists are highly trained in hormone, growth and metabolic problems in kids.

Treatment for PCOS at Nemours

Nemours experts treat all types of menstrual disorders in teens. We know how PCOS can affect your child, inside and out. We may use lifestyle changes and medicines to reduce symptoms and the risk for future problems.  

Our team helps restore hormone levels and build healthy habits. We give your teen tips to manage the condition and build confidence. We’ll bring in other specialists if needed. You can count on us every step of the way.