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What is the definition or description of: polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
A metabolic disorder: Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries or high follicle numbers.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
PCOS: Pcos is the condition of having many (poly) cysts on the ovaries. It is not known exactly what causes pcos, but many women with pcos are overweight and some, but certainly not all, have diabetes or Insulin resistance.

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What is the technical definition of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 43 years experience
A hormone disorder: Pcos is a syndrome or disorder in which women have 2 of 3 of the following: irregular cycles, multi-cystic ovaries, or excess androgens ("male" hormone levels). Pcos has no specific cause but it is associated with obesity, some heredity, and Insulin resistance (also seen in type 2 diabetes). Treatment can help with ovulation, fertility and cosmetics. Hope this helps.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the technical definition of polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on it?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Common disorder: Pcos may be present in up to 30% of women. It is an Insulin resistant state that is characterized by weight gain, irregular or absent periods, hair growth, infertility and predisposition to diabetes. Check w/your gyn>.

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