Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment

Live Science | 6/22/2018 | Staff
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in women of child-bearing age, and is one of the leading causes of infertility in women, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The condition affects about 5 million American women of reproductive ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is named for the multiple cysts lining the outer edge of the ovaries. These aren't truly ovarian cysts, and instead they are small undeveloped egg follicles that may prevent a woman from ovulating on a monthly basis. But the symptoms linked with PCOS extend beyond the ovaries to many different aspects of a woman's physical and emotional health.

Question - PCOS - Condition - Dr - Marie

The biggest question about PCOS is where does the condition really start, said Dr. Marie Menke, a reproductive endocrinologist at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh. There is probably more than one cause, Menke said, adding that for some woman PCOS may start in the ovaries, while for others it may be the fat tissue.

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Cause - PCOS - Resistance - Body - Inability

Although the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, insulin resistance — the body's inability to effectively use insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar — is thought to play a prominent role. Insulin levels may build up in the body and can cause weight gain. Another possible cause of PCOS is an excess of male hormones, or androgens.

Genetics may also be a risk factor: The condition tends to run in families, and a woman whose mother or sister has PCOS is more likely to develop it.

PCOS - Concern - Women - Health - Consequences

PCOS is not only a hormonal and reproductive concern for women, but it can even lead to long-term health consequences beyond their child-bearing years, such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

PCOS symptoms can show up anytime during a woman's lifetime...
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