Definition of Pcos

LaShana Hubert

Definition Essay

Eng: 121

Professor: Ethan Zaharia

What is PCOS?

Ovaries that are filled with multiple follicular cysts that contain yellow or blood stained thin serous fluid is called PCOS. PCOS is an acronym for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The disorder is also known by the name of Stein-Leventhal syndrome after the physician who found the aliments of the disorder. It’s an endocrine system disorder that acts as a culprit on the woman’s body. The culprit of PCOS is the connection the endocrine system makes with s woman’s cardiovascular, integumentary and reproductive system functions.

Researchers haven’t found any major factors that cause PCOS; it tends to affect more women of childbearing age. Some researchers feel that is a genetic disorder carried by a mother or sister. The most common problem is having a hormonal imbalance within body. A woman produces a hormone called androgens which are male hormones with the most popular being testosterone. The woman high levels of androgens over take the production of her estrogen or progesterone hormones, even to the possibility that not enough or none is being produced at all. Another link of PCOS has on the endocrine system is the fact that the body becomes insulin resistance. Excess insulin hinders the metabolism of the body to breakdown sugar, starches and other foods into energy for usage or storage. This can lead to weight gain or obesity with a state of being pre-diabetic.

Integumentary disorders or skin issues associated with PCOS vary from woman to woman. Some symptoms include oily skin, dandruffs and acne. Skin patches that is thick in texture, black or dark brown in coloration. Excessive skin flaps on the neck or armpits known as skin tags. One last effect is the increased growth of hair on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes referred to as hirsutism.

Risk issues of PCOS on the cardiovascular system can be detrimental. The developing health problems are high...