Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Weight Management

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Weight Management

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A healthy weight can help you have normal ovulation and menstrual cycles and manage many symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). A healthy weight helps keep insulin and "male" hormone (androgen) levels within normal ranges, which reduces your symptoms and prevents serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

A healthy weight is one that is right for your body type and height and is based on your body mass index (BMI) and your waist circumference. To calculate your BMI and waist circumference, see:


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised April 6, 2010

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