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greenkmt 08-02-2006 03:48 AM

What is PCOS? :headscratch: I have a friend that has it and I am wondering if anyone can tell me. Thanks!

Shay 08-02-2006 05:57 AM

PCOS is Poly Cystic Ovarian Sydrome

What PCOS Is and Isn't
  • Is also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome or Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD).
  • Affects an estimated 6-10% of all women and most don't even know they have it.
  • Is treatable, but not curable, by medications, changes in diet and exercise.
  • Is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.
  • Has been identified for 75 years and they still aren't sure what causes it.
  • Affects far more than just reproduction.
  • IT IS NOT just a cosmetic problem.
Can include the following symptoms:
  • Irregular or absent menses
  • Numerous cysts on the ovaries in many, but not all, cases
  • High blood pressure
  • Acne
  • Elevated insulin levels, Insulin Resistance, or Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Excess hair on the face and body
  • Thinning of the scalp hair (alopecia)
  • Weight Problems or obesity that is centered around your mid section

Here are a few articles about it.

greenkmt 08-03-2006 02:07 AM

Thanks that make sense!

Severine 08-03-2006 07:39 AM

Shay - Great sources and info!

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