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.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome. To make a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome two out of the three of the following criteria need to be met. If one does not ovulate regularly, and or have elevated male hormones either by lab test or increase facial hair or abdominal and chest hair and or a chain of pearl appearance on ultrasound within the ovaries.
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. Read more...