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Facts On Polycystic Ovarian Syndromes (PCOS)

Facts On Polycystic Ovarian Syndromes (PCOS)


PCOS is a chronic condition in women, which is characterized by irregular menstrual periods and evidence of excess androgens (male hormones) which can cause excessive facial hair growth, acne and/or male pattern baldness. Signs and symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome usually begin at puberty. For some women, signs become evident later in life.

PCOS And Ovulation Problems
PCOS affects fertility by its relationship with anovulation (lack of ovulation). It is not unusual for women suffering from PCOS to have less than 6/8 periods annually. An ultrasound scan will usually reveal the presence of large multiple cysts in both ovaries.

The hormonal imbalance present in polycystic ovarian syndrome has also been linked to an increased risk of uterine cancers.

Fertility Treatment
Today, several drugs and lifestyle modification can help control the sign and symptom of PCOS. Assisted reproductive technology has been recommended for women who have either failed to respond to medical treatment with ovulatory drugs (such as Clomiphene citrate) or who have tubal blockage in addition to hormonal imbalance.

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