POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME
WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)?
PCOS is a condition in which small follicles or cysts develop in the ovary. It is defined by irregular periods and an increase in the hormone testosterone. Some women may also notice acne, hair loss on the head and excess hair on the face (upper lip, chin, sideburn area). Because you may not ovulate regularly with PCOS, it may make becoming pregnant more difficult.
WHAT CAUSES PCOS?
The cause is not completely understood.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS SYMPTOMS OF PCOS?
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you should see your doctor. PCOS may have long-term consequences such as infertility, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, and endometrial cancer if left untreated.
HOW IS PCOS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of PCOS includes a combination of symptoms present, blood tests and physical exam results
In general women with PCOS must have 2 of the following: Irregular menstrual periods, evidence of high androgen levels, or polycystic ovaries on ultrasound.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR PCOS?
IF I HAVE PCOS, CAN I BECOME PREGNANT?
Yes. It is possible to become pregnant with PCOS, however, you can improve the chances of becoming pregnant with the following:
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