polycystic ovary syndrome

noun

Definition of polycystic ovary syndrome

: a variable disease that is marked by amenorrhea, hirsutism, obesity, infertility, and ovarian enlargement and is usually initiated by an elevated level of luteinizing hormone, androgen, or estrogen which results in an abnormal cycle of gonadotropin release by the pituitary gland

called also polycystic ovarian syndrome

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Jordan Swain, 27, is one keto fan who credits the diet with helping her shed pounds and ease her symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Woman Lost 100 Pounds on the Keto Diet—and Eased Her PCOS Symptoms," 3 Sep. 2019 Shannon Conarty of Yorkshire, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone imbalance, as a teen. Fox News, "Arizona family with albino twins relocates to Maine to better protect toddlers from the sun," 16 Aug. 2019 One study will use the watch’s newly (and finally!) added period-tracking feature to inform screening and patients’ risk for polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, and osteoporosis. Fortune, "Why Women of Color Are Streaming Into the Workplace: The Broadsheet," 11 Sep. 2019 My blood work showed symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Chaunie Brusie, Glamour, "How I Realized I Didn’t Need to Have It All," 24 May 2019 Figuring out how to manage polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can feel like a maddening game of throwing darts while blindfolded. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 One major possibility is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that can cause incredibly heavy periods, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s When to See a Doctor About Period Clots," 1 Mar. 2019 Hormones or genetics are usually what cause hair to grow on your breasts, and certain medical conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause excessive hair growth as well. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are Your Boobs Normal? We Asked An Expert," 8 Mar. 2019 Other conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder, and diabetes can increase your risk for miscarriages and can run in families, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Korin Miller, SELF, "Updated: These Twins Both Had Miscarriages, Were Pregnant at the Same Time, and Just had Babies on the Same Day," 20 Sep. 2018

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polycystic ovary syndrome

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Medical Definition of polycystic ovary syndrome

: a variable disorder that is marked especially by amenorrhea, hirsutism, obesity, infertility, and ovarian enlargement and is usually initiated by an elevated level of luteinizing hormone, androgen, or estrogen which results in an abnormal cycle of gonadotropin release by the pituitary gland abbreviation PCOS

called also polycystic ovarian disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, polycystic ovary disease, Stein-Leventhal syndrome

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