Stein-Leventhal Syndrome

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Definition

Stein-Leventhal syndrome is the clinical name for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a disorder of the endocrine affecting approximately 10% of all women. Stein-Leventhal syndrome is the most common hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age and has been associated as the leading cause of infertility.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing Stein-Leventhal syndrome may be difficult because of the wide range of symptoms and the changes in presentation of the symptoms; usually a pelvic ultrasound can be a fundamental tool to detect the presence of the syndrome.

Treatment

Treatment of Stein-Leventhal syndrome is adapted to the objectives of the person suffering from the syndrome; usually aimed at lowering insulin levels, fertility restoration, acne treatment, restoration of regular menstruation in combination to preventing endometrial hyperplasia and cancer.

Symptoms and Signs

The principal features of Stein-Leventhal syndrome are weight problems, lack of regular ovulation that may sometimes be coupled with lack of menstruation, excessive amounts of androgenic hormones and the effects of excessive androgenic hormones. Most common symptoms of Stein-Leventhal syndrome include: ò Irregular, few and sometimes nonexistent menstruation ò Infertility due to failure to ovulate ò Excessive body hair usually presenting in a male pattern ò Male pattern baldness ò Noticeable pain during sexual contact ò Oily skin usually with acne appearance ò Dark patches of skin usually a sign of resistance to insulin ò Bloating, mood swings, back and pelvic pain ò Depression in some cases

Causes

The real cause of Stein-Leventhal syndrome is unknown but there are links relating the syndrome to be caused by insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity.

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