Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome. It mostly affects women of reproductive age and is the leading cause of female infertility. One in 10 women have PCOS, making it the most common endocrine disorder.
PCOS has many signs — things you or your doctor can see or measure — and symptoms — things that you notice or feel. All of these can worsen with obesity. Every woman with PCOS may be affected a little differently.
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To be diagnosed with PCOS, your doctor looks for at least two of the following:
Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid — called follicles — located in each ovary.
Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. In adolescents, infrequent or absent menstruation may raise suspicion for the condition.
See your doctor if you have concerns about your menstrual periods, if you’re experiencing infertility or if you have signs of androgen excess such as acne and male-pattern hair growth.*
The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment, along with weight loss, may reduce the risk of long-term complications, such as insulin resistance, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Polycystic ovary syndrome signs and symptoms often begin soon after a woman first begins having periods (menarche). In some cases, PCOS develops later during the reproductive years, for instance, in response to substantial weight gain.
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