Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common endocrine problem in women of reproductive age (puberty through menopause). It is even being diagnosed in young girls before they had her first period.
Many people think of polycystic ovary syndrome as simply a problem which creates irregular menstrual periods associated with facial hair and or acne. IT IS NOT.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a serious medical disease with significant implications for a woman’s health and well-being. Many women with this disease have difficulties becoming pregnant. If not treated properly, there is an increased risk of miscarriage.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are at increased risk of becoming diabetic while pregnant and are at increased risk of becoming diabetic later in life. They are more likely to have high cholesterol and are also at increased risk of having heart disease.
As with any serious medical condition, polycystic ovary syndrome should be diagnosed properly. With appropriate therapy, its impact on a woman’s health and well-being can be significantly reduced.