As many as five million women in the United States suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This common endocrine disorder is a leading cause of infertility and is also strongly linked to diabetes and obesity. Because symptoms often vary from patient to patient the disorder is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, the disorder can manifest as early as a woman’s teenage years. Symptoms include irregular menstruation cycles, excessive hair growth on the face or abdomen, acne, unexplained weight gain and difficulty losing weight.