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What is Polycystic Ovarian Disease – PCOD or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's: • Menstrual cycle • Ability to have children • Appearance • Hormones • Blood vessels • Heart With PCOS, women typically have: • High levels of androgens These are sometimes called male hormones, though females also make them. • Many small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in their ovaries • Missed or irregular periods (monthly bleeding) What causes PCOS? The cause of PCOS is unknown. But most experts think that several factors, including genetics, could play a role. Women with PCOS are more likely to have a mother or sister with PCOS. A main underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS, the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Androgens are male hormones that females also make. High levels of these hormones affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation. High androgen levels can lead to: • Acne • Excessive hair growth • Weight gain • Problems with ovulation Polycystic ovary syndrome in Jalandhar No 1 gynecologist in Jalandhar
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