Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that occurs when the ovaries develop several small cysts. Ovaries typically produce both male and female hormones but those suffering from PCOS may develop a hormonal imbalance resulting to an abnormal production of excess male hormones. Women who suffer from the disorder start experiencing symptoms like acne, excessive hair growth on their face and body, extra fat deposits in the lower abdomen, irregular periods and weight gain.
PCOS may lead to a number of side-effects including low self-esteem, depression and high stress levels. These can be particularly difficult to carry for those who are currently in their teenage years. More often than not, PCOS also leads to infertility. Those who do manage to get pregnant, however, have a higher chance of miscarrying as they are unable to produce enough hormones to support their pregnancy.
The body may also have a problem utilizing insulin – this is called insulin resistance. When the body doesn’t use insulin well, blood sugar levels will go up. Thus, if not managed earlier, health complications like diabetes can manifest.