What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (or PCOS) is a commonly diagnosed condition that causes a hormone imbalance of the reproductive hormones in women. Essentially, the ovaries of people with PCOS produce higher levels of testosterone compared to those without PCOS.
These elevated levels of testosterone interfere with the ovaries, ovulation and a range of other systems in the body. The main symptoms of PCOS are listed below. In most cases, women need to showcase at least two of the three symptoms to be diagnosed with PCOS.
- An irregular period (delayed, missed or heavy period)
- High androgen levels
- Ovarian cysts
However, there are several other symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Excessive hair growth on areas such as the face, back, stomach and chest
- Dark patches of skin
- Male pattern baldness
If untreated, PCOS can lead to a variety of serious health complications. At Integra, we regularly diagnose and treat PCOS. If you believe you might have PCOS or have any other concerns on this area, please reach out.
For more information, click here for our Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) information page.