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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a disorder caused by a hormonal imbalance. This imbalance causes a woman’s period to become irregular and makes getting pregnant difficult.

PCOS can lead to heart disease and diabetes if left untreated. It commonly causes diabetes because PCOS can cause insulin resistance, which makes it harder for the body to use insulin to manage blood sugar levels. PCOS can also impact the way a woman looks. This is because a person’s hormones are out of balance and they begin to make more male hormones, which causes a person to stop ovulating, causes acne, and can increase your facial and body hair growth.

Symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Weight gain
  • Extra hair
  • Irregular periods
  • Fertility problems
  • Depression

Treatments include:

  • Use of birth control to manage hormones
  • Exercise
  • Diet control