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Polycystic Ovaries

Polycystic ovaries, also known as polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a common disorder amongst women. This hormonal disorder typically affects women of reproductive age. It is estimated by Women's Health that 1 in 10 women has, or have suffered from, polycystic ovaries. Some women as young as 11 years old can be effected, though most do not show symptoms until over the age of 15.

Polycystic Ovaries Symptoms

Every woman is different when it comes to polycystic ovaries symptoms. However, one of the more common symptoms is infertility. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, PCOS is listed as the number one cause of infertility in women of childbearing age because PCOS prevents a woman from ovulating normally.

Other symptoms include: Irregular or absent periods, increased hair growth on areas of the body and face, acne and skin care issues, cysts on ovaries, weight gain and difficulty losing weight, thinning hair, skin tags, pelvic pain, depression or anxiety and sleep apnea.

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Polycystic Ovaries Causes

Unfortunately, the polycystic ovaries
causes are unknown. The Women's Health hypothesizes that the common causes for polycystic ovaries include genetic factors, since most women in a family will suffer from the same affliction.

What is PCOS exactly? The main issue with PCOS in women is a hormonal imbalance, which can offset ovulation. Women suffering from PCOS produce more androgens, which is a male hormone that will cause a woman's ovaries to not produce eggs. Some researchers, according to Mayo Clinic, believe insulin might cause polycystic ovaries. Since insulin is a hormone that controls starches, sugar, and other consumed foods into energy in the body, women with too much insulin in their body have been shown to release androgen as well. The most common symptoms associated with high levels of androgen in women are acne, excessive growth of hair, excessive weight gain, and ovulation problems.

Polycystic Ovaries and Pregnancy

PCOS and pregnancy go hand and hand with infertility. Not only do women have issues becoming pregnant, but women who finally have success getting pregnant with PCOS often experience miscarriages, hypertension related to the pregnancy, gestational diabetes and premature labor and delivery.

Women who suffer from PCOS during pregnancy will be closely monitored and possibly put on hormone supplements in order to sustain the progesterone and hormones needed to keep the pregnancy full-term.

Polycystic Ovaries Treatment

Luckily, women who suffer from polycystic ovaries are not without treatment options. The most common
PCOS treatment is birth control pills. For a woman that is not trying to get pregnant, birth control will not only regulate periods, but regulate hormone production as well.

Women that suffer from diabetes and PCOS can benefit from diabetes medications that help regulate the body's insulin and return ovulation to normal. One of the simpler treatments for polycystic ovaries is weight loss. It has been shown that women who lose even 15 pounds of weight or maintain a healthy body weight can eliminate symptoms and signs of PCOS.

The most drastic solution to PCOS and not typically the first-recommended is surgery. Surgery is done to destroy a small part of the ovary and decrease the androgen that is being produced by it, which in turn, can return ovulation back to normal. The one thing to keep in mind about surgery, however, is the symptoms will disappear for several months, but as the ovary rebuilds, the symptoms will reoccur and surgery will have to be performed once again. Therefore,
doctors only recommend surgery on women suffering from extreme symptoms or who are hoping to conceive.