When it's not "just" unwanted hair.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic Ovary/Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting approximately 5%-10% of all females. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that involves multiple tissues and organ systems within the body, and is believed to be fundamentally caused by insensitivity to the hormone insulin. It can be diagnosed in all phases of life - in girls as young as 8-9 years of age, up through post-menopause. Although PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility, the reproductive aspects of the disorder are secondary. PCOS is not limited to women of reproductive age or potential.
Some common symptoms of PCOS
(but not limited to) include:
*Excess hair growth on the face and body
*Irregular or no menstrual periods
(for women of reproductive age)
*Irregular ovulation, with or without monthly bleeding
*Thinning scalp hair
*Obesity/weight gain and trouble losing weight
(often centered around the waist)
*Breathing problems while sleeping
*Skin discoloration (dark or thick skin markings and
creases around the armpits, groin, neck, and
breasts due to insulin sensitivity)