What causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?


The cause of PCOS is unknown. Most researchers think that more than one factor could play a role in developing PCOS. Genes are thought to be one factor. Women with PCOS tend to have a mother or sister with PCOS. Researchers also think insulin could be linked to PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that controls the change of sugar, starches, and other food into energy for the body to use or store. For many women with PCOS, their bodies have problems using insulin so that too much insulin is in the body. Excess insulin appears to increase the production of androgens. These hormones are made in the ovaries and the adrenal gland. Elevated levels of androgens can lead to acne, excessive hair growth, weight gain, and problems with ovulation.


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