Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormonal condition for women. With PCOS, an ovary becomes enlarged and develops many small cysts around the edge, although the appearance of the ovary is not the same in all women with PCOS. This can lead to severe hormonal disruption that can interfere with many different aspects of a woman’s body.
In some cases, doctors may prescribe oral contraceptives to help regulate the hormones of women with PCOS. However, some birth control pills, such as YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella, have been linked to severe side effects including stroke. If you have suffered adverse side effects from YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, contact a knowledgeable YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Kherkher today at 800-761-3187.
Cause of PCOS
Although doctors are not sure what triggers PCOS, it is basically the result of an excessive amount of a male hormone called androgen. All women have small amounts of androgen in their systems, but PCOS leads to increased levels. For many women, the cysts in their ovaries prevent ovulation, which normally increases female hormones in the body. However, without this normal hormone cascade, the ovaries may instead secrete high levels of androgen.
Signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
With increased levels of androgen come several different problems. Signs of PCOS include:
- Abnormal or absent menstruation (amenorrhea)
- Male-pattern baldness
- Hair growth in areas associated with men, such as chest and face
- Decreased breast size
- Worsening acne
- Weight gain
This can also lead to long-term disorders such as diabetes.
PCOS is undoubtedly a devastating disease that often requires treatment in the form of oral contraceptives. However, you should discuss the risks of oral birth control with your doctor before taking these pills. YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella are three popular oral contraceptives that have been linked to heart attacks and liver tumors. If you are a victim of YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, contact an experienced YAZ side effects lawyer from Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187 today.