Womens Health

Polycystic ovary: Symptoms and consequences

Polycystic ovary is a gynecological disorder that should be treated as it can lead to a problem of infertility in women. Knowing the symptoms will help us anticipate the diagnosis.

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It is estimated, according to medical data, that between 6 and 10% of women of childbearing age suffer from the so-called polycystic ovary syndrome, a gynecological problem whose origin is still surrounded by unanswered questions, but it is considered as one of the main causes of infertility in women. Therefore, treat of polycystic ovary is called improved way to prevent sterility, although not the only consequence that may result.

Women with this condition have an excess of male hormones (androgens) in her body, a situation that delays or inhibits ovulation. The ovaries of women with this condition have a larger than normal size and are covered by a few cysts of liquid contents and often follicles do not go so far as to mature, thus preventing pregnancy should be thinking about being a mother.


Symptoms like having an irregular menstrual cycle, growing hair in unusual places, such as the chest, face or back, and the appearance of acne beyond adolescence may lead to suspicion of their presence. In the presence of any of these symptoms, or if in doubt, it is best to consult your gynecologist.

Another sign that can signal the presence of ovarian cysts is the occurrence of pain during intimate relationships. In particular, it can be a symptom of this gynecological disorder when the pain is deep and affects the lower abdomen and may correspond to an inflammation of the fallopian tubes, endometriosis or, as we have noted, the presence of cysts.

The weight can also reveal to this disorder, as most women (8 out of 10 according to medical statistics) diagnosed with polycystic ovary also have obesity problems.


First of all it should be noted that this is a disorder that, once diagnosed, can be addressed and resolved in a positive way. The PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) can have its health consequences, not only for the reproductive health of women, because doctors suggest that may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Also be noted that women with this disorder are more likely to develop the so-called metabolic syndrome. Another consequence is called endometrial hyperplasia, which can be defined as a lining of the uterus (endometrium) thicker, which may increase the risk of endometrial cancer.