Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Hormonal imbalance that causes enlarged ovaries and may lead to the development of cysts
PCOS may prevent an egg from developing properly or ovulating at the appropriate time
Affects one in ten women of childbearing age
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Irregular menstrual cycles, including long or skipped cycles, which may lead to the development of ovarian cysts and ultimately, infertility
A condition called Hirsutism, in which too much hair grows around the face and chin
Thinning of hair on the head, acne, skin tags, darkening of the skin, and/or weight gain
How is PCOS treated?
At-home treatments include weight management for overweight or obese patients, use of hormonal birth control, or the use of other medications prescribed by a doctor
For infertility, IVF stimulation can be considered
Surgery can be performed to restore normal function of the ovaries