What Is PCOS?

pcosPCOS, short for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, after the doctors who first discovered it in 1935. PCOS is quite common in women who are in their childbearing years. Polycystic ovarian cysts individually are different from the medical condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, however polycystic ovarian cysts are a symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

A polycystic ovarian cyst is a cluster of follicular cysts which surround the ovary beneath a thick membrane. It is also often referred to as ‘multiple cysts’. Similar to a dermoid ovarian cyst, they are actually common among women but rarely cause problems. They are naturally larger than usual cysts. Women who have irregular ovulation due to endocrine problems are more prone to have polycystic ovarian cysts.

Causes of PCOS

The cause of PCOS is not exact but has been attributed to a hormonal imbalance with some indications of genetic influence. Women who have been diagnosed with PCOS often have a mother or sister with the same condition. A common finding in women with PCOS is elevated insulin levels, (insulin resistance) and it is believed that this could be a contributing factor in the development of PCOS. The ovaries of women with PCOS has also been shown to produce larger than normal quantities of adrogen, a male hormone, which could be a result of the insulin imbalance.

Another hormonal imbalance in women with PCOS is in the elevated levels of LH, (lutenizing hormone) which stimulates the ovary to produce even more hormones. Fetal exposure to male hormones and chronic pain may also be contributing factors.

Symptoms of PCOS

PCOS presents with several symptoms which can include:

  • Irregular periods or amenorrhea- Menstrual periods are often few and far between or non-existent. When present they can be heavy or scanty. This depends on the situational differences of the polycystic ovarian cysts. In some women the hormonal imbalance does not allow for eggs to be released regularly and therefore the period will not be regular. In others some the follicle is not able to mature and reach through the thick covering of the polycystic ovarian cysts to release eggs so there will be no period at all. The hormonal imbalance could also influence the quantity of blood flow during the period when menstruation does occur.
  • Discomfort in the Pelvis- there may be discomfort from time to time in the pelvic region.
  • Miscarriage- Women suffering from PCOS have increased incidence of miscarriage during pregnancy.
  • Weight Gain-PCOS sufferers tend to increase in weight easily.
  • Difficulty In Getting Pregnant- Due to the fact that polycystic ovarian cysts do not allow for regular ovulation, at times the woman does not even ovulate at all, getting pregnant is difficult. This is because without ovulation pregnancy cannot take place because it is during ovulation that the egg is released for onward transmission to the womb for possible fertilization by sperm.
  • Acne- Polycystic ovarian cysts produce excess male hormones (androgen) so PCOS could also present as adult acne on the face and even on the back.
  • Increased or Decreased Growth of Body and Facial Hair- There may be thinning of hair on the head. There could also be increased growth of body hair like on the arms and legs and of facial hair too because polycystic ovarian cysts produce excess testosterone.

A woman who experiences any of these symptoms needs to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Any of these symptoms may be present or absent in women with PCOS with the exception of an irregular menstrual cycle. All women with PCOS deal with some degree of disruption in their cycle.

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