Polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS)

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Polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder caused by hormonal imbalance. Learn about the effects of PCOS as well as possible treatment options.

Key points

  • PCOS is a hormone imbalance that affects some women.
  • Symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods.
  • Other symptoms include weight gain, unwanted hair growth and acne.
  • PCOS is usually treated with hormones. These will reduce the effect of the disorder both on your appearance and on the body.
  • If it is not treated, PCOS can lead to infertility, heart disease and endometrial cancer.
Last updated: November 10th 2009