Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Stephen Franks
    TLDR PCOS is a common hormonal disorder causing irregular periods and increased hair growth, linked to insulin resistance and long-term health issues.
    In 1995, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) was recognized as one of the most common endocrine disorders, characterized by hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation. The condition was noted for its clinical and biochemical heterogeneity, leading to debates about whether it was a single disorder or comprised multiple disorders. It was identified as the most frequent cause of anovulation and hirsutism. Additionally, PCOS was associated with a distinct metabolic disturbance, specifically insulin resistance, which was believed to have significant implications for long-term health. The document suggests that the understanding of PCOS at the time was evolving, particularly in terms of its broader health impacts.
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