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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects about 10 million women in the world. This often misunderstood disorder can cause a number of symptoms that can affect the body both physically and emotionally, and is a leading cause of female infertility.

If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS or are suffering from the below symptoms and suspect you may have it, our expert team of women’s health providers at Rochester Regional Health is here for you. Learn more about the condition below and find a provider near you who can help.

What is PCOS?

Because it is classified as a “syndrome,” PCOS is characterized by a group of symptoms that affect the ovaries and ovulation. While there can be many symptoms associated with the disorder, the three main traits of PCOS are:

  • Excess levels of male hormones (androgens): The ovaries produce more androgens (ie. testosterone, androstenedione) than normal, which can result in abnormal hair growth and acne.
  • Irregular, prolonged, or skipped periods: Due to the hormonal imbalance experienced in PCOS, the follicles normally responsible for releasing an egg every month don’t mature or get released. Without normal ovulation, the uterus may not shed its lining on a regular cycle, which can result in irregular or missed periods.
  • Cysts in the ovaries: The word “polycystic” literally translates to “many cysts." Previously the finding of multiple small cysts in the ovary was considered diagnostic of PCOS. We now know that this happens normally during many periods of a woman’s life.

PCOS Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

When to see a doctor

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms noted above, especially irregular periods, unexplained infertility, or abnormal hair growth and acne, you should keep track of your symptoms and contact a physician who is trained in recognizing and treating the disorder.

At Rochester Regional Health, we have a number of providers located conveniently throughout the Rochester, Batavia, and Clifton Springs areas who can help you find a solution.

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