Have you ever heard of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Most haven’t unless you’re a woman who has had trouble getting pregnant. PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. With PCOS, women’s reproductive hormones are out of balance, causing problems with their ovaries. These problems could be infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone levels. Because hormones are substances that our bodies make to help different processes happen, women with PCOS can also have difficulty getting pregnant.
Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. For more information on causes, diagnoses, and treatments, click here.
If you have any concerns and think you may have PCOS, please contact your doctor to schedule an appointment.