What Is PCOS?

PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome,  is an abnormality that effects between 5 to 10% of pre-menopausal woman and is the most common cause of infertility in women.  It often has its inception in adolescence.

PCOS is a female hormonal disorder which presents with the formation of multiple or many (poly) abnormal ovarian cysts on the ovaries.  The vast majority of the cysts are completely harmless as they are merely fluid-filled sacs containing immature eggs that have attached to the ovary instead of releasing the egg. Some cysts however can continue to grow without dissolving or disintegrating on its own and start to hemorrhage which is often extremely painful and can be dangerous.

Confirming PCOS

PCOS can be identified and confirmed by means of an ultra sound or scan of the abdomen.

For additional information on the causes and symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, please visit my page: Symptoms and Causes of PCOS.

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