Polycystic ovarian syndrome
What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a very common disorder in women aged from adolescence to menopause. PCOS is not the same thing in every woman.
The cause of PCOS is not well understood, but it is likely multiple elements lead to its development. There is most certainly an associated genetic component.
Many women may exhibit a variety of symptoms, but not all of the symptoms. Common symptoms include irregular or absent periods, excess hair (such as on the chin, upper arms, abdomen or chest). Many women with PCOS may exhibit weight gain or have difficulty falling pregnant. Women with PCOS have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and more commonly suffer anxiety and depression.
Treatment of PCOS depends on what symptoms are causing problems for you. PCOS does not need treatment in its own right, but if you have it, you should have a heightened awareness due to medical associations such as sub fertility and diabetes.