Health Tip: Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Posted Aug 27 2010 6:00am
Symptoms often vary
By Diana Kohnle
Friday, August 27, 2010
(HealthDay News) -- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health condition affecting women that's believed caused by a hormonal imbalance. It's characterized by numerous small cysts that develop in the ovaries, and by missed or irregular menstrual periods.
PCOS can affect a woman's ability to have children, the womenshealth.gov Web site says. While symptoms vary from woman to woman, here's a list of other potential problems that PCOS may cause:
Increased risk of miscarriage.
Greater likelihood of giving birth prematurely.
Increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Greater chance of the woman developing preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and other cardiovascular problems.
Greater risk of complications affecting the infant at birth.