Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a female hormonal imbalance.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, PCOS is defined by the presence of any two of the following characteristics:
- lack of ovulation for an extended period of time
- many small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) on the ovaries
- high levels of androgens (male hormones)
Symptoms can include acne, weight gain (trouble loosing weight), abnormal growth of hair on face and body, irregular periods, depression, and fertility issues among others. Women who have this condition are able to get pregnant with the right surgical or medical treatments under doctor supervision, the good news being < Pregnancies are usually normal!
Here is a link to an in-depth look: PCOS