Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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  • Topic: Menstrual cycle, Luteinizing hormone, Polycystic ovary syndrome
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Polycystic ovary syndrome is also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome. It is a condition that affects the ovaries. Ovaries with women consist of a pair of glands that are either side of the uterus. They produce ova {eggs} that are released into the uterus once a month during the menstrual cycle. Each ovum develops in the ovary from a small swelling called a follicle. Several of these follicles develop each month , but only one will produce a full matured ovum. Ovaries can produce a variety of hormones including the female hormone we know as estrogen. Ovaries produce a small amount of androgens, such as testosterone, which are sometimes called male hormones. When a woman has polycystic ovary syndrome the ovaries are affected. Although there are many follicles, but when they’re not mature fully no ovum is released. So when ovulation does not occur, the woman will not have a period. With some women this happens every month, meaning that they never ovulate. In some women ovulation occurs sometimes, leading to irregular periods. Symptoms that are including with this are not only absent or irregular periods but also include weight gain, acne, hirsutism {excessive hair growth on face and body}, difficulties on getting pregnant, and thinning of scalp hair. Women who suffer from this disorder will not have all of these symptoms. Some women will have different symptoms, and in differing levels or severity. Most women may find that they have different symptoms at different times in their life. If a woman is to be diagnosed by her doctor {specialist or gynecologist}, he or she will consider your symptoms and carry out a range of test from blood test to having an ultrasound scan. Blood tests are used to measure levels of hormones, including testosterone and luteinizing hormone. It can also help rule out alterative problems that might cause periods to stop. Ultrasound scans are done to look at the surface of the ovaries. This can show whether the ovaries are enlarged and...
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