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.
is diagnosing and treating this disorder important?
New treatments are available to address the symptoms as well as some of the underlying causes of polycystic ovary syndrome.
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