5 things you should know about PCOS

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PCOS is a hormonal disorder seen in approximately 10% of women of childbearing age. In this article, you can read about 5 important things you should know about PCOS – including how it is diagnosed and whether it affects your fertility.  

Before starting fertility treatment, you will most often go through a diagnostics process to try and identify any underlying issues. When you have your diagnosis, the doctors can much better define your treatment plan.

One of these diagnoses is PCOS, which is short for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Here are 5 facts about PCOS:

1. PCOS is a hormonal disorder in a woman's body

The abbreviation PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. In short, polycystic means that the ovaries are enlarged and characterized by a large number of small follicles. It is believed that about 10% of women suffer from PCOS. 

2. PCOS is caused by both internal and external factors

PCOS is believed to be caused by both changes in genes, but also external influences - e.g. overweight, which increases the risk of a change in the blood's composition of hormones that can cause problems to achieve natural ovulation. 

3. PCOS has many possible symptoms

PCOS can express itself in different ways, and it will rarely be enough to have just one of them to be diagnosed with PCOS. 

Here is a list of possible...

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