Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a set of symptoms which include infertility, excessive hair growth, acne, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and irregular periods. Although no one really knows what causes PCOS, it seems to be related to an imbalance in a women's hormones. In PCOS, the ovaries produce higher than normal amounts of androgens, and this can interfere with egg development and release. Sometimes instead of the eggs maturing, fluid filled cysts develop. Instead of an egg being released during ovulation, like during a normal menstrual cycle, the cysts build up in the ovaries and may become enlarged. Because women with PCOS are not ovulating or releasing an egg each month, it's common for them to have irregular or missed periods.
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