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Health Tip: Understanding PCOS

(HealthDay News) -- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health condition affecting women that's believed caused by a hormonal imbalance. It's characterized by numerous small cysts that develop in the ovaries, and by missed or irregular menstrual periods.

PCOS can affect a woman's ability to have children, the womenshealth.gov Web site says. While symptoms vary from woman to woman, here's a list of other potential problems that PCOS may cause:

-- Diana Kohnle

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