Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is seldom discussed because its main symptoms are usually borne without them being considered a medical condition. It is considered a medically benign condition. Those who are severely affected tend to be overweight, prone to acne, grown unsightly body hair, have no or very few periods, experience episodes of infertility and suffer mood swings. The cause is not understood but is related to problems within the ovaries themselves. The condition does not shorten life but causes distress and discomfort. There is no cure for the condition, but symptomatic relief can be achieved with hormones and/or a natural health-plan.
Polycystic ovary syndrome affects up to five women.