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Health Tip: Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Often with help, women can become pregnant

(HealthDay News) -- Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOS), affecting only women, is characterized by enlarged ovaries that contain many cysts.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder where hormone cycles are disrupted, sometimes causing infertility, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Women with this syndrome can get pregnant but usually need treatment with surgery or hormones.

Often, women with PCOS have a mother or sister who also has the disease.

Once a woman has conceived, she usually goes on to have a healthy pregnancy.

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