Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common female hormone imbalance that may affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, cardiovascular system and physical appearance. The term describes the appearance of cysts in the ovaries on an ultrasound scan. This imbalance in hormone production means that egg ovulation may occur irregularly or not at all, making it difficult to get pregnant naturally.
How do I know if I have PCOS?
Women with PCOS may experience at least two of the following criteria:
- Oligomenorrhea (having your menses every 40 to 60 days)
- Androgen excess (by blood test or physical appearance such as acne or oily skin)
- More than 12 follicles appearing by ultrasound