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Polystic Ovary Syndrome
My dr. Told me i had polycystic ovaries but not polycystic ovary syndrome. Is that possible? And if so, what's the difference between the two?
It's possible ...: Pcos (the syndrome) means 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. Polycystic ovaries (pco) is the ultrasound signs alone. See a fertility specialist (rei) if trying to conceive, or to get a definitive answer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mixed bag: Pcos is a constellation of findings which includes irregular periods, elevated testosterone or testosterone like hormones (with no other cause), resistance to Insulin (predisposition to type 2 diabetes), problems with lipids, many times unwanted face and body hair, sometimes scalp hair loss. Ovarian cysts may or may not be found. Pcos is an outdated term but no better one has been agreed upon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We don't know: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a collection of problems that tend to occur together: lots of little cysts on the ovary, irregular menstrual cycles and problems with extra hormones. Unfortunately, we just don't know what comes first or what causes what. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First find cause: Pcos typically is painless medical condition. The only concern that may exit that is related to pcos may be a ovarian cyst that is large enough to cause torsion (self twisting). Assuming that your pain is pelvic in origin, you may also be ovulating (if receiving therapy) which can also cause temporary pain (called mittelschmerz). My advise is to seek medical evaluation to find cause of your pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Teens and early 20s: Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common hormone disorder in women. Its most common features are irregular/infrequent menstrual periods and excess male-like hormone (androgen) production, which causes abnormal hair growth (primarily on the face, neck, chest, and lower abdomen). Typically, it first becomes apparent during the teens and early 20's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm 19 and i was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Is this something I should be concerned about?
PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is diagnosed by ultrasound, lab tests ; symptoms such as irregular periods, abnormal hair growth weight gain. Pcos predisposes one to diabetes, high cholesterol and other life long problems. Weight loss is typically crucial. Ovulation can be a problem for those wanting to conceive. Birth control can regulate menstrual cycles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bloodwork + sonogram: To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. Also need to "rule out" other causes of irregular cycles, acne, hair growth: thyroid, prolactin, adrenal gland issues. See OB or fertility md. ...Read more
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