Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a common condition that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility and appearance. The cause is unknown but the balance of hormones produced by the ovaries is affected, and in some women, the testosterone level is slightly higher than normal. Women with PCOS tend to have larger ovaries, filled with multiple, fluid filled follicles (cysts), but although one in every five women will have polycystic ovaries, only one in twenty of these will have the syndrome. It affects women of childbearing age and can run in families. PCOS also affects long-term health.