Glossary -   Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)



This is a condition that occurs in women who make too much of the androgen (male-like) hormones.  It occurs in about 5 to 10% of all women.  Some of the features of PCOS include: multiple cysts on the ovaries, excess body hair, severe acne, abdominal obesity, abnormal or lack of periods, and infertility.  Women with PCOS are also at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.