September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month (PCOS)

What is PCOS?

September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month. So, what exactly is polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and what are the symptoms? Known as PCOS, it is a hormonal disorder that is fairly common for females of reproduction age. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones that are usually present in women in small amounts. The name polycystic ovary syndrome describes the numerous small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that form in the ovaries. However, some women with this disorder do not have cysts, while some women without the disorder do develop cysts.

PCOS Symptoms

Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods are common among women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Another symptom is extended periods of excess male hormone (androgen) levels. Ovaries might be enlarged and contain follicles that surround the eggs.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early PCOS diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

See your doctor if you have symptom or concerns, and if you’re experiencing infertility. In addition, see a doctor if you have signs of excess androgen such as worsening hirsutism, acne and male-pattern baldness.

From Dr. Sujatha Gunnala at Southwest Fertility Center

We are here for all our patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which not only affects Reproduction but can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disorders and metabolic disorders ( Insulin resistance/ Diabetes).

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