Polycystic Ovary Syndrome | Overview


What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that occurs when an imbalance of hormone levels in a woman's body causes cysts (say: "sists") to form in the ovaries. The cysts are like tiny, fluid-filled balloons.

PCOS can cause changes in a woman’s menstrual cycles, fertility, hormone levels, heart and blood vessels, and appearance.

Women can develop PCOS during their teenage or childbearing years.


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: It's Not Just Infertility by MH Hunter, MD, and JJ Sterrett, PHARM.D (American Family Physician September 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000901/1079.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00