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Friday, September 20, 2013

Teen Polycystic Ovary May Not Predict Future PCOS: How An Ovary Grows UP

Teenagers have lots of growing up to do. This is true even of their ovaries! Polycystic ovaries, or ovaries with lots of little cysts, are occasionally diagnosed in teen years, but oddly, this may not be a permanent condition. Actually a new study looked at girls who had an ultrasound diagnosis of polycystic ovarian condition and then  did repeat ultrasound testing two years later. Moms do not have to worry bout this condition with the first menstrual period.It's a condition that does not develop before or during puberty, it is apparently not seen for the first two years of menstrual cycles in most girls. In general, about 50% of the teens that had polycystic ovaries on ultrasound will not have the condition in two years. Some of the teens with the polycystic ovaries will have male hormone levels that are high and with these high levels a lot of acne or excess hair growth. If the only problem found is a cystic ovary, and no other problems, the teen won't likely have to worry about future infertility either. We do blame PCOS for many cases of obesity, and obesity can worsen the cysts in the ovaries as well. Treating obesity will help the ovaries, and treating the ovaries may actually aid weight loss as well. Thus girls with PCOS have to be watched for other complications of obesity, such as high cholesterol and hypertension as they grow up.

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