Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Causes
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic endocrine disorder in women. Characteristics of PCOS are:
- High levels of male hormones (androgens)
- Insulin resistance
- Hair growth on face and body
- Anovulation—when the ovaries mature few or no eggs
Ovaries make follicles that hold eggs. With PCOS, the ovaries make the follicles, but the eggs do not mature or leave the ovary. The immature follicles can turn into fluid-filled sacs called cysts. Most women with PCOS have cysts. However, women with ovarian cysts do not necessarily have PCOS.
Ovary and Fallopian Tube
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Last reviewedOctober 2012by Andrea Chisholm
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