Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
It is possible that the main title of the report Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Synonyms Back to top
- Bilateral Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Ovarian Hyperthecosis
- Ovarian Syndrome
- Polycystic Bilateral Ovarian Syndrome
- Sclerocystic Ovarian Disease
- Stein-Leventhal Syndrome
- anovulation with hyperandrogenism
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
General Discussion Back to top
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects women and is a complex of symptoms that are not necessarily all present in all cases. Some, but not all, affected women have multiple cysts on the ovaries (polycystic ovaries). Other characteristics include the absence of menstruation (amenorrhea) or irregular menstruation, failure of the ovary to release eggs (anovulation), elevated levels of the male hormones known as androgens (hyperandrogenism), excessive amounts of body hair (hirsutism), a high rate of miscarriage, and infertility. Three criteria often used for a diagnosis are menstrual irregularity, hyperandrogenism, and exclusion of other disease. There is some evidence that PCOS is an inherited condition.
Resources Back to top
National Women's Health Network
1413 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
OBGYN.net: The Obstetrics & Gynecology Network
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892
8401 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5817
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Support Group
PO Box 66
Tel: +64 3 3584 507
Fax: +64 3 3584 506
Tel: 0800 224 698
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Last Updated: 4/15/2008
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