As you can imagine, because the ovary struggles to release the egg, PCOS has huge implications on fertility.
PCOS is the leading cause of infertility, but it is reversible and many women go on to have successful pregnancies after addressing their insulin resistance through diet and lifestyle.
What are the other symptoms of PCOS?
People who suffer from PCOS will commonly (but not always) be affected by acne, greasy skin, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) usually on the face, back , chest or buttocks, hair loss or thinning on the head, weight gain, irregular, absent or missing periods and mood disturbances.
Most of these symptoms are due to the body producing too many androgens (typical male sex hormones).
PCOS also puts the individual at risk from developing type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.