Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to Be Renamed

January 25, 2013 ‐ By Desiree Browne

About than five million women in the United States suffer from Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it’s tough to diagnosis. According to Health News Daily, the National Institutes of Health think changing the name could help with detection and get women the care their need.

The name is misleading, doctors say, because women don’t actually have to have cysts in order to be diagnosed with PCOS, nor does having cysts mean a woman has PCOS. The concern is that the confusing name may lead to late or incorrect detection. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that leads to menstrual irregularities, weight gain, acne, ovarian cysts, and even infertility. The disorder can also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

As of now, there is no new name for the disorder but experts hope to encourage a change, and soon.

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