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What are polycystic ovaries?

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In brief: Polycystic ovaries are small cysts - fluid-filled sacs - on the surface of their ovaries.

Polycystic ovaries are small cysts - fluid-filled sacs - on the surface of their ovaries.
Some of these women may also have additional symptoms such as excessive body hair (hirsutism), obesity, infrequent or absent periods and infertility. These are related to hormone-related imbalances and the condition is known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


Women with symptoms of PCOS are at an increased risk of cancer of the womb lining, although the risk is still very rare. Obese women with PCOS are also at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes in later life.

In brief: Polycystic ovaries are small cysts - fluid-filled sacs - on the surface of their ovaries.

Polycystic ovaries are small cysts - fluid-filled sacs - on the surface of their ovaries.
Some of these women may also have additional symptoms such as excessive body hair (hirsutism), obesity, infrequent or absent periods and infertility. These are related to hormone-related imbalances and the condition is known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


Women with symptoms of PCOS are at an increased risk of cancer of the womb lining, although the risk is still very rare. Obese women with PCOS are also at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes in later life.
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