DEAR DOCTOR K: I have polycystic ovary syndrome and treatments are helping only a little. My doctor says there has been recent progress in understanding what causes it, and that I should not give up hope. What is your opinion?
DEAR READER: For readers who don't know about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), I should explain a few things first. PCOS is pretty common: About 10 to 20 percent of women have it to some degree. The key features of this illness are multiple cysts in the ovaries, failure of the ovaries to release eggs (and resulting difficulty getting pregnant), irregular menstrual periods and high levels of androgens.