An endocrine disorder that is thought to be genetic, PCOS causes an imbalance of hormones and, on occasion, the formation of small cysts on the ovaries. PCOS can cause problems with normal ovulation.
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PCOS by the Numbers
1 in 15 The number of women with PCOS worldwide
2 Type 2 diabetes is the most common coexisting condition in women with PCOS
6.5 million The number of American women who suffer from infertility
Women with PCOS are at a four to seven times higher risk of heart attack
Sources: Center for Disease Control (CDC), Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Mayo Clinic, Endometriosis Foundation of America, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.