The causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome are unknown, though doctors have noted risk factors that increase the patient’s chance of developing PCOS. Doctors believe the condition is related to a change in either estrogen/progesterone or androgen (male hormone) in women, though doctors do not know why these changes occur.
These hormones interrupt normal ovulation. Mature eggs are not released when there is a decrease in estrogen or too much androgen. The eggs instead form into tiny cysts in the ovaries.
While doctors do not know what causes polycystic ovarian syndrome to occur, they recognize that the condition is common in families. It is also more common in obese women because excess insulin—which is related to extra androgen—circulates in the blood stream when the patient is overweight. Insulin resistance may cause excess insulin in the blood stream.
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