Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder in women and also a leading cause of infertility. According to WomensHealth.gov, 10 to 20 percent of women of childbearing age suffer from PCOS.
PCOS is also one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the world, with less than 25 percent of women with PCOS being diagnosed. PCOS is characterized by seemingly unrelated symptoms and may include irregular or absent periods, lack of ovulation, weight gain, acne, excessive facial hair and infertility.
There is no cure for PCOS yet, but medications used to induce ovulation may help women with PCOS get pregnant. Alan Martinez, M.D., answers questions relating to PCOS in our latest podcast, which you can hear here.