Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is a very common disorder characterized by inconsistent or prolonged menstruation. They may also be the presence of excess male hormone levels. A polycystic ovary has numerous follicles — or collections of fluid - and may fail to regularly release eggs.
PCOS has multiple health impacts and may include obesity, infertility, hypertension, hyperlipidemia,diabetes, heart disease, or moree. Around 20% of women may have polycystic ovaries, but a much smaller percentage of those women will have symptoms of PCOS.