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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS occurs secondary to a hormonal imbalance where the ovaries produce a high level of androgen.  As a result women with PCOS can experience irregular menstrual cycles and unpredictable ovulation.  Other symptoms include abnormal hair growth (excess facial hair, heavy hair growth on the arms, chest or abdomen) or hair loss, acne, obesity, darkening of the skin, ovarian cysts, skin tags, and infertility.  The main effects of PCOS are high levels of androgens, insulin resistance, and low grade inflammation. (Cleveland Clinic, n.d).


PCOS Together:


The mission of this organization is to improve the understanding and health outcomes for women with PCOS.  The focus is on cardiometabolic risk, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  A link to a toolbox offers support for navigating the healthcare system, nutritional resources, mental health resources, and advocacy.


PCOS and Fertility:


This page offers information on PCOS in the context of infertility.


Very Well Health – The Relationship between PCOS and Inflammation:


This webpage explains what inflammation is, how to test for it, and it’s connection to PCOS.  It also provides ways in which to lower risk for inflammation and thereby manage symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and swollen joints.

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