Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, affects between 5% and 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44. PCOS can be diagnosed by a doctor. Here’s what you need to know about it.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a health problem that is caused by the imbalance of hormones in the reproductive system. The imbalance causes problems in the ovaries, which make the eggs that are released each month in menstruating women.
Women with PCOS may not develop an egg or the egg may not be released. They may miss their periods or have irregular periods. Irregular periods can cause infertility or the development of ovarian cysts. Women with obesity or with a relative with PCOS may be more likely to get it.