What causes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Causes of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The precise cause of PCOS isn’t known although it may, to some degree, be inherited. The complex balance between a number of hormones, the body’s natural chemical messengers, is a key factor. In women with PCOS, levels of luteinising hormone, produced by the pituitary gland, and testosterone, produced by the ovaries, are often higher than normal. Its these changes that lead to irregular periods, excess body hair and the other features of PCOS. The way the body responds to insulin, known as insulin resistance, is also a factor. Higher levels of insulin caused by insulin resistance can also increase testosterone levels and this promotes obesity.

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I have hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Can these 2 be related? If not, what causes polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not generally. These 2 generally are not related. Pcos is caused by Insulin resistance which leads to high male hormone levels (testosterone) in the ovary which keeps you from ovulating. Pcos is caused by multiple genes, but worsens with weight gain. Weight loss will occasionally help to resume menstruation. You should also see your doctor to make sure you get tested for diabetes/prediabetes. Read more...

Can polycystic ovarian syndrome cause?

Insulin resistance. May cause over-secretion of insulin, called Insulin resistance; may cause vascular, early cardiac signs, and hyperandronization (hirsutism, acne and hair ,loss), thereby also causing increased appetite for carbohydrates and obesity. Read more...

What to do if I have poc (polycystic ovarian syndrome), will it cause cancer?

Risk may increase. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is thought to increase the risk of endometrial (e.g. Uterine) cancer. It is usually caught early though in pcos patients and is usually cured. A gyn will monitor for this. Women with pcos may also have a slightly increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers but it not high enough that any special or different screening needs to be done. Read more...

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Will taking the dietary supplement rip fuel cause any problems?

Diet supplements. PCOS is unrelated to your use of a diet supplements. Use these products with caution. They can causes nervousness, jitteriness, mood swings and other unpleasant side effects. They also have no proven evidence that they actually do anything productive. Save your money. A good work out at the gym and a healthy diet will improve things more. Read more...

Does polycystic ovarian syndrome cause any masculinization beyond hirsutism in teen girls & young adult women? Please, need some answers?

PCOS symptoms. Yes, there can be masculinization. The elevated androgens in PCOS can have a broad spectrum of manifestations, from irregular periods only, to mild hirsutism to more severe changes such as male pattern of hairline, body hair in male places (chest, abdomen), etc. The level of testosterone or DHEA does not always predict this. See your endocrinologist or Gyn. Read more...

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Hormone imbalance. Pcos is an imbalance in hormones that can cause irregular periods, acne, excess hair, and infertility. Blood tests can determine if your pcos is from an imbalance in pituitary hormones (lh & fsh), adrenal hormones (dheas), or Insulin resistance. Some doctors recommend a pelvic ultrasound to assess the ovaries to look for cysts. Read more...

Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Irregular cycles ... Most women with pcos have one or more of: irregular periods or no cycles, acne, oily skin, unwanted hair growth especially on the face or lower stomach, infertility or subfertility (difficulty getting pregnant). Some women with pcos have little or no symptoms - we look at symptoms, blood tests and an ultrasound of the ovaries to make the diagnosis. Not all women with pcos have fertility issues. Read more...