Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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.

What to Look For

  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Irregular periods
  • Infertility
  • Depression


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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


  • Exercise
  • Eating healthy small meals four to six times a day
  • Not smoking
  • Seeking fertility treatment, if needed

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.

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