PCOS – a definition

So now you know the basics, let’s look at the information in a little more detail…


What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome exactly?  How am I different by having this?


As previously mentioned [insert back link to basics] women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome have a number of harmless cysts on their ovaries; the cysts aren’t that big (no bigger than 8mm each) however there are a large number of them and “normal” (I use the term loosely) ovaries have around half the amount of cysts.

Before you panic; these cysts are harmless (annoying – yes, dangerous – no) they are in actuality under-developed follicles containing eggs but have failed to develop fully.  Because these follicles have eggs in, but are unable to release an egg it often means that women with PCOS have irregular and a distinct lack of menstruation cycles.

If you like to know medical terminology then here is a definition of PCOS taken from a medical dictionary:

“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterised by the accumulation of numerous cysts (fluid-filled sacs) on the ovaries associated with high male hormone levels, chronic anovulation (absent ovulation), and other metabolic disturbances.  Classic symptoms include excess facial and body hair, acne, obesity, irregular menstrual cycles, and infertility.”


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