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Polycystic ovaries are fluid containing sacks within the ovary. In some women the ovaries can become large and "studded" with these cysts.
They commonly affect women of child-bearing age. A family history of this condition may indicate a predisposition to other women in the same family suffering from it.
What causes this?
This is caused by the excess production of male hormones by a woman's body. Glandular imbalances affecting thyroid/ pituitary hormones can also be responsible.
What are the symptoms?
- Weight gain
- Growth of excess hair (Hirsutism)
- Irregular periods. (often less than 8 per year) - (Anovulation)
- No periods
- Difficulty in conceiving
Associated problems can be:
Intolerance of glucose
How is it detected?
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