Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman's female sex hormones, and has been linked to insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, and high levels of LDL ("bad" cholesterol), .
Symptoms of PCOS include, but not limited to:
Changes in the menstrual cycle:
Irregular or completely absent menstrual periods; irregular menstrual periods which may be more or less frequent, and may range from very light to very heavy.
Development of male sex characterisitics:
Hirsutism (excessive facial or body hair); increased body hair on the chest abdomen, and face, as well as around the nipples.
Alopecia (male-pattern hair loss); thinning of the hair on the head.
Decreased breast size
Deepening of the voice
Changes in the skin:
Dark or thick skin markings and creases around the armpits, groin, neck and breast due to insulin sensitivity
Skin tags (raisin-like growths on the skin)
Exhaustion or lack of mental alertness
Decreased sex drive
Because the symptoms vary so widely and not all women display all the symptoms, doctors very often misdiagnose PCOS.
Studies have found that women suffering from PCOS have a higher risk of coronary heart disease.