PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women and can present at any life stage - from puberty through post-menopause.
Too often women simply accept the discomfort and don't inform their doctors until symptoms are at their worst. Even then, they are often misdiagnosed because so many of the symptoms can be attributed to other causes.
PCOS has long been believed to be present only in obese women; we now know that it can affect women of any body weight including those who are normal or even underweight.
PCOS can present differently based on life stage, genetics, ethnicity, age and environmental and lifestyle factors such as self-care, exercise, and eating habits.