Women should be aware of polycystic ovarian syndrome

 

(Dr. Sheila Laredo/ Toronto Star) — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the top reasons that women may struggle to become pregnant. But, even if you’re not trying to conceive, it’s important to treat this common endocrine condition.

Irregular or infrequent periods are a common symptom. In my work as an endocrinologist who focuses on reproductive health issues, up to 85 per cent of the women who come to see me because they only get periods occasionally have PCOS. Women who get no periods at all can have PCOS, but can also have other conditions.

The name is a bit of a misnomer. Most women with PCOS don’t have cysts. What appears on their ultrasounds are actually follicles. Usually, these sacs, which contain and ultimately release eggs, are tiny and hard to see in a scan. But in women with PCOS, the follicles grow larger than they would in women without the condition. (…)

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