Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance in women that in most cases causes enlarged ovaries and the development of small cysts on the outer edge of the ovaries. Girls as young as 11 years old may get PCOS, but it primarily affects women of child-bearing age. Women with PCOS may have difficulty getting pregnant, experience changes to their menstrual cycles, and see increased hair growth, acne, and weight gain. If left untreated, polycystic ovarian syndrome can lead to more serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. The cause is unknown, but genetics is thought to play a role.
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