Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Dr. Ruby Shrestha discusses polycystic ovary syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal imbalance, pretty much. It is characterized by ovulation dysfunction, and, also increased male hormone in a female. It affects about, I would say about five to 15 percent of female population, depending on which demographic you go to.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health problem for many women, according to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH). 

PCOS is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, which causes problems in your ovaries. 

Typically, your ovaries make the egg that is released each month as part of your menstrual cycle. But with PCOS, the egg doesn’t develop like it should or isn’t released as it should be. 

PCOS can cause missed or irregular periods, which can lead to infertility.

For more information about PCOS, talk to your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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