Can polycystic ovaries develop into polycystic ovary syndrome?

Sort of. Polycystic ovaries is a finding on ultrasound where there are lots of small follicles on the ovaries. Pcos is where you have some combination (depending on which criteria your doctor uses) of pco looking ovaries, ovulation problems and symptoms of producing too much male hormone. Many but not all women with pcos have pco looking ovaries and many women with pco ovaries have the syndrome.

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Is there a difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not really. The ovaries are polycystic and the syndrome refers to the medical issues related to polycystic ovaries such as menstrual cycle changes, hair growth patterns, weight, infertility, insulin resistance and increased risk of uterine lining overgrowth/cancers. Read more...

Could polycystic ovaries syndrome be 'cured'?

Yes. PCOS could be cured in some women with life-style changes. Exercise and weight loss that brings weight towards ideal body weight can result in a cure. Read more...

How to know if I have polycystic ovaries syndrome?

Pcos. Pcos is a syndrome usually with increased facial hair weight gain irregular periods you can do an ultrsound of ovaries and check with your OB gyn for further work up. Read more...

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?

Polycystic ovaries. Polycystic appearing ovaries on ultrasound can be a normal finding in young women. Polycystic ovarian syndrome consists of a combination of this appearance as well as irregular cycles and possibly excess hair growth. Read more...
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 more...
Possible . A woman can have cysts on her ovaries but not have the syndrome which means having at least two of the following: signs of excess testosterone (abnormal hair growth, acne), infrequent or absent periods, and infertility. Read more...

Is it possible to have polycystic ovaries but not the pcos syndrome?

Yes definitely. In fact you can have pcos without having multiple small cysts on the ovary. The main issues with pcos are absent or infrequent periods, acne or abnormal hair growth and Insulin resistance or obesity. The appearance of the ovary on ultrasound is a reflection of the hormonal imbalances going on in the body with pcos. Read more...

What type of doc should I go to for polycystic ovaries syndrome?

Reproductive Endo. A reproductive endocrinologist is the specialist in this situation. They can help confirm a diagnosis if needed, assess everything that is going on, and recommend treatments for you. With pcos, there are gyn issues, fertility issues, medical issues, and cosmetic issues that all must be dealt with. Read more...
Reproductive Endo. A reproductive endocrinologist is the specialist in this situation. They can help confirm a diagnosis if needed, assess everything that is going on, and recommend treatments for you. With pcos, there are gyn issues, fertility issues, medical issues, and cosmetic issues that all must be dealt with. Read more...

Hi I have polycystic ovaries syndrome but for the first time I've spotted inbetween my periods could it just be the syndrome?

Regular periods? One of the hallmarks of pcos is irregular periods. In a normal period, the uterine lining builds up and then sheds in a concerted cycle. In pcos, the lining can accumulate when your period is long overdue, it can then drift out at random times, causing abnormal bleeding. If you aren't on birth control pills to prevent this type of bleeding, you may want to discuss it with your gyn doc. Read more...

My cycle has just gone over 100 days. I have polycystic ovaries (not syndrome). Recently stopped birth control pill. Is this detrimental to my health?

Not really. Will not affect your health; however, keep getting screen for ovarian function and diabetes. Read more...
No, but see your doc. You mention you're not sure if your pregnant. So doing a home pregnancy test would be helpful, and calling or seeing your OB/GYN or PCP would be good. So they can follow you on this and keep a record on you. Read more...