What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 05:24 PM

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Every woman should know about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) because they are relatively common among women.

The following points describe the polycystic ovary syndrome and polycystic ovarian disease:

1. Polycystic ovary syndrome: Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is common among teenage girls and older women. This syndrome is brought on by a hormonal imbalance which causes the ovaries to produce male hormone ‘androgens’ more than is usual. In a normal ovary, one or more follicles will mature to ovulation; however, in polycystic ovaries, several follicles develop without ever maturing to the preovulatory stage. PCOS should be treated immediately; otherwise it can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, excessive bleeding and cancer in the uterus.
2. Polycystic ovarian disease: Polycystic ovarian disease, or PCOD, is common among teenagers and women. Non production of eggs in the ovary increases the production of male hormones and results in irregular periods, enlarged ovaries, infertility, and abnormal hair growth. Ultrasound and blood tests are the best ways to diagnose polycystic ovarian disease.
3. Polycystic ovarian symptoms: Polycystic ovarian symptoms include irregular periods, very light or very heavy bleeding during the period, excessive hair growth on the face, chest, and lower abdomen, and discomfort in the stomach.
4. Cyst in ovary: Most women between the ages of 30-60 suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS can develop a cyst in one or both ovaries. An ovarian cyst may be solid or may contain fluid.

For more information on PCOS, see below:

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