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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, commonly known as PCOS, is a metabolic and hormonal disorder which can affect as much as 15% of the female population. Symptoms include: menstrual irregularity and fertility problems, as well as excess hair growth and obesity.

As with any syndrome, not every woman with the diagnosis will experience it the same way. Some women with PCOS will have weight gain and difficulty losing weight regardless of diet and activity level, while others may be very lean in spite of dietary habits and lack of physical exercise.

Menstrual irregularities plague both body types, and long-standing amenorrhea may lead to an increased risk of endometrial cancer. In addition, many of these women do not ovulate regularly and therefore have difficulty becoming pregnant.

Skin problems are another common finding with PCOS, be it excess hair growth, acne, oily skin, or changes in skin coloration known as acanthosis nigricans, a darkening and thickening of skin often seen in skin fold areas.

Kettering Health Network offers a comprehensive treatment approach to PCOS including medication to address hormone imbalances, skin care specialists, sleep medicine, and a nutritional and exercise team.