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What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a syndrome in which extra androgens, or male hormones, are made in a woman's body. A syndrome is a collection of different symptoms. Many different types of diseases can cause a single syndrome. While the syndrome can have many different causes, the end result of all the different diseases is that they cause the production an increased amount of androgens. The extra androgens can cause abnormalities in the function of other hormones. The effect of the androgens and the other hormones together can cause the above symptoms (listed in numbers 1-5). � of women with these symptoms also have polycystic ovaries (ovaries that have many cysts visible at one time) on ultrasound (normally ovaries have one a few cysts at one time). Tests for abnormal hormone production can help diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome.

Why is diagnosing and treating this disorder important?
Recent studies have linked the polycystic ovary syndrome to:

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Obesity

2. Insulin resistance which can lead to abnormal cholesterol levels and diabetes

3. Possibly to early development of heart disease

4. To sleep apnea which can lead to high blood pressure, lung disease, failure of the right side of the heart, and excess fluid retention

New treatments are available to address the symptoms as well as some of the underlying causes of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Next News Letter:

Facing menopause, facing hot flashes. What treatment is right for you? How to make sense of some of the results in the new studies. What you need to know to make the right decision. How to make sense of natural therapies- the harmless, the helpful, and the harmful.

Women's Health Focus is produced by:
Emi Hosoda, MD
Enumclaw Internal Medicine and Diagnostics
2820 Griffin Avenue #204
Enumclaw, Washington 98022
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Women's Health Talk is information based on recently published studies in the medical literature. Its purpose is to provide information only. It does not take the place of office visits or a patient's discussion with their doctor.

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