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What PCOS means for women

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a hormone imbalance that affects one out of every 10 women worldwide. It is unknown as to why PCOS occurs, but many women that have this particular syndrome have too much insulin, a hormone that helps turn food into energy. Some experts suggest that genetics may play a role in PCOS. This particular syndrome can lead to difficulty in pregnancy and excess androgens or male hormones.  This increase in androgens can lead to facial hair, weight gain and irregular periods. In addition, PCOS often means that a female develop tiny cysts on their ovaries. Often times these cysts are not harmful, but they can create hormonal imbalances. However, women who have severe forms of this hormone imbalance are more likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease than women with less severe forms of PCOS. Diagnosis of this syndrome can be done by a careful history and physical examination to detect whether androgen excess is causing male-pattern hair growth, acne or hair loss and whether ovulation is occurring normally. Physical examination also can detect high blood pressure and increased abdominal obesity as risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease in individuals who are overweight. While blood tests are often used to determine if the ovaries are producing excess androgens, an ultrasound can be done to measure the size of the ovaries and determine whether they have a polycystic appearance. Symptoms of PCOS include the following:
 Treatment for PCOS may include guiding the individual affected to lose weight through moderate exercise or going on a low calorie diet. In addition, the doctor may suggest birth control pills to regulate hormones. Currently there is no cure. However, to learn about additional treatments please read the following article:

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