What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is a very common hormonal variation that usually occurs during reproductive years. People who have been diagnosed with PCOS have higher-than-average levels of testosterone/androgen, which can cause irregular periods, weight increases, acne, and body hair. PCOS’ impacts on menstrual cycles can make it more difficult to achieve a pregnancy.

What causes PCOS?

Its causes are believed to be both genetic and environmental.

How is PCOS treated?

PCOS can be treated using birth control pills to regularize periods, a medication called metformin to prevent diabetes, statins to control high cholesterol, and hormones to increase fertility.