Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a set of symptoms due to elevated androgens in females. Signs and symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Gynecology, Endocrinology
  • Symptoms:  Irregular menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess hair, acne, pelvic pain, difficulty getting pregnant, patches of thick, darker, velvety skin
  • Duration:  Long term
  • Causes:  Genetic and environmental factors
  • Risk factors:  Obesity, not enough exercise, family history
  • Diagnostic method:  Based on anovulation, high androgen levels, ovarian cysts
  • Differential diagnosis:  Adrenal hyperplasia, hypothyroidism, high blood levels of prolactin
  • Medication:  Birth control pills, metformin, anti-androgens
  • Treatment:  Weight loss, exercise
  • Frequency:  2% to 20% of women of childbearing age
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo