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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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by Wood D

(PCOS; Stein Leventhal Syndrome; Polyfollicular Ovarian Appearance; Hyperandrogenic Anovulation; Polycystic Ovarian Disease; PCO; PCOD)



Some women may not have symptoms. In others, they may appear between the ages of 15-30 years. In women who have symptoms, PCOS may cause:
  • Infertility
  • Amenorrhea —irregular menstrual periods or no menstrual period
  • Obesity
  • Dark patches of skin on neck, groin, and arm pit
  • Hair loss
Women with PCOS are also at increased risk for:


The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association



The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Women's Health Matters



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