Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder in teenage girls and women that affects hormonal and reproductive health. PCOS can have potentially serious long-term effects if left untreated. PCOS can affect girls at any age after puberty begins.
Doctors are not sure what causes PCOS. They believe the following might play a role:
Common symptoms of PCOS include:
In patients who have PCOS and obesity, which is commonly associated with PCOS, long-term risks (when left untreated) include:
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