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What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

 

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A common ovulation problem that affects about 5% to 10% of women in their reproductive years is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that can make the ovaries stop working normally. In most cases, the ovaries become enlarged and appear covered with tiny, fluid-filled cysts. Symptoms include:

  • No periods, irregular periods, or irregular bleeding.
  • No ovulation or irregular ovulation.
  • Obesity or weight gain (although thin women may have PCOS).
  • Insulin resistance (an indicator of diabetes).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Abnormal cholesterol with high trigylcerides.
  • Excess hair growth on the body and face (hirsutism).
  • Acne or oily skin.
  • Thinning hair or male-pattern baldness.

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