Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common, but treatable causes of infertility in women. PCOS occurs in up to 10 percent of reproductive age women and affects the endocrine system- the part of the body responsible for producing and balancing hormones. In women with PCOS, the hormonal imbalance interferes with the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation). If you don't ovulate, you can't get pregnant. Some symptoms of PCOS may include:
- excess facial or body hair and acne
- lack of menstrual periods
- hair thinning
- ovarian cysts
The physical symptoms of PCOS are highly variable and ethnicity affects the presence or absence of symptoms.