Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What are Polycystic Ovaries?

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Polycystic Ovaries

Whenever you are diagnosed with a medical condition it’s a good idea to learn everything you can about it. This will give you the information you need to live with and treat your condition.
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is also known as PCO or PCOS. This is a fairly normal medical condition which forms in the ovaries. It can be quite difficult to diagnose as some women will not experience any symptoms.
The ovaries normally increase in size when a woman is suffering from PCOS. This can be detected with an ultrasound scan.
The cysts are very small and don’t normally grow larger than 10mm.
Symptoms
A woman suffering from Polycystic Ovaries will rarely ovulate or produce eggs which can be fertilized. This means that the lady is much less fertile than normal. As a result she will not have regular periods and may not have one for many months.
Other symptoms include putting on extra weight and growing extra hair all over the body.
This condition is very common in women who are infertile. This will affect 10% of women who are between 15 and 50 years of age. It’s much more common in people who have problems with ovulation and periods.
Around 25% of all women will suffer from polycystic ovaries and most of these cases are detected through ultrasound.
Causes of PCOS
PCOS seems to be more likely to affect you if you have family members who also suffer from the condition. This suggests that the condition is caused by a faulty gene.
Studies have also discovered that overweight women are more at risk of the condition. It’s important to keep your weight under control to improve overall health and reduce the chances of suffering from Poly cystic ovaries.
Symptoms of PCOS
There are different symptoms of polycystic ovaries and you may experience one or more of them. These include:
-      Infrequent Periods or No Periods – This is one of the most common symptoms experienced. This could mean that a sufferer will only have one or two periods per year.
-      Hair Growth – Sufferers also experience more facial and body hair. This normally grows above the lip, on the legs, abdomen, chin and arms.
-      Acne – Acne is another very common symptom which is normally confined to the face.
-      Infertility – Infertility is a common symptom due to the missing or infrequent periods.
-      Miscarriage – Sufferers of Polycystic ovaries will also be more likely to experience miscarriages, sometimes this is a recurring problem.

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