Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Causes And Common Symptoms
December 22, 2017
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormone disorders in women. According to the Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in 10 women of reproductive age may have PCOS. In women with PCOS, the ovaries make excess androgens (male hormones). Another hormone, insulin, may be at play.
There’s no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome, but treatments are available to keep the condition in check.
What causes polycystic ovary syndrome?
It’s not exactly clear what causes the condition. What is known so far is that an imbalance of androgens and insulin is implicated. When the levels androgens and insulin are on the rise, a woman can start to experience PCOS symptoms.