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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), sometimes called Polycystic Ovarian Disease, is a hormonal disorder that affects between 6 to 10% of women. Symptoms often start once the menstrual cycle begins but may not appear until well into a woman’s 20s or 30s.
PCOS causes the ovaries to produce higher than normal amounts of androgens (male hormones). This interferes with egg production. The eggs that the ovaries normally produce develop into cysts, little sacs filled with liquid. Instead of being released during ovulation, as an egg would be released, the cysts build up in the ovaries and can become enlarged.
PCOS is also linked to insulin resistance (like diabetes) and can affect many systems in the body and have long-term health consequences.