Finding polycystic ovaries on ultrasound can be normal, if there are no weight issues, abnormal menstruation or
If such issues are present, then polycystic ovaries may indicate the presence of a metabolic condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is a common hormonal condition in women of reproductive age. It is often associated with infrequent and light menstrual flow, subfertility and a high body mass index. Women with PCOS tend to have higher Male Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone levels with varying degree of Insulin Resistance. The exact cause of PCOS is not known but there appears to be a family link.
Women who have at least 2 of the 3 characteristics are considered to have PCOS:
60% of women with PCOS fall into phenotypes,or patient types A and B. Patient type C are PCOS with no ovulatory problems. Patient type D are PCOS with no male hormone features.