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