Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS). As many as 5 million women in the United States may be affected. It can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. The cause of PCOS is unknown. Women with PCOS are more likely to have a mother or sister with PCOS because genetics can play a role.
εїзPolycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman’s(but not limited to):
- Menstrual cycle
- Ability to have children
- Blood vessels
With PCOS, women typically have(some may have all of these symptoms and some may have one):
- High levels of androgens (AN-druh-junz). These are sometimes called male hormones, though females also make them.
- Missed or irregular periods (monthly bleeding)
- Many small cysts (sists) (fluid-filled sacs) in their ovaries