Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

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

What Is The Cause Of PCOS?

The cause of PCOS is as yet unknown but there is reason to believe it may be genetic. It often runs in the family.

PCOS is connected to hormonal imbalance. It not only causes testosterone (male hormone) in your body but also insulin. Insulin controls the sugar content of your body and an excess of it may cause type 2 diabetes later in life.

How Is PCOS Diagnosed?

  • Cysts in ovaries impeding release of the ova.
  • Irregular ovulation and irregular periods. Sometimes even non existent.
  • Presence of male hormones in excess causing too much body hair.
  • Decline in fertility and difficulties in getting pregnant.
  • Hirsutism - excessive hair growth in the face, chest, back and buttocks.
  • Weight loss and weakness.
  • Thinning,breaking and shedding hair.
  • Oiliness in the skin.
  • General listlessness and loss of energy.
  • Depression