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Polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects people with ovaries, primarily women of reproductive age. It is characterized by a combination of symptoms and hormonal imbalances. 

Obesity can play a significant role in the development and exacerbation of polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS itself is associated with weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area. This can create a cycle where obesity and PCOS symptoms reinforce each other. Weight gain can make PCOS symptoms more severe, and PCOS-related hormonal imbalances can make it challenging to lose weight.

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How does obesity contribute to PCOS?

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can manifest with various symptoms. Not everyone with PCOS will experience all of these symptoms, and their severity can vary from person to person. The most common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles

  • Excess androgen hormones

    • Acne

    • Hirsutism

    • Male-pattern baldness

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Weight gain

  • Skin changes

  • Fatigue

  • Pelvic pain

  • Fertility issues

  • Mood changes

  • Metabolic issues

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