Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels.
PCOS affects a woman’s ovaries, the reproductive organs that produce oestrogen and progesterone — hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle.
Some women start seeing symptoms around the time of their first period. Check out “How Do I Know If I Have PCOS?“. Others only discover they have PCOS after they’ve gained a lot of weight or they’ve had trouble getting pregnant.
PCOS can disrupt the menstrual cycle, leading to fewer periods. Acne, hair growth, weight gain, and dark skin patches are other symptoms of the condition.
To get pregnant, you have to ovulate. Women who don’t ovulate regularly don’t release as many eggs to be fertilized. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women, However, women with PCOS can get pregnant using fertility treatments that improve ovulation.
PCOS treatment starts with lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight if you’re overweight and lowering blood sugar levels can improve your odds of having a healthy pregnancy or it can help improve your symptoms.
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