Polycystic ovaries are not at all uncommon. Though many may not know about their presence until the ultrasound test or some other exam reveals their presence, but a lot of women have cysts in their ovaries. While most of them have a single cyst, some of them can even have many of them – a condition that is known as PCOS or polycystic ovaries.
Polycystic ovaries produce many more follicles every month compared to a healthy ovary. Normally an ovary produces around 5 follicles each month, with at least one of them releasing a mature egg during ovulation. But if the woman has polycystic ovaries, then she would be making almost twice as many follicles. It is possible that these follicles may mature and grow large, but even after this, they may not produce any egg.
Are polycystic ovaries more serious than having just a single cyst? This may not be the case. The ovarian cyst is a strange kind of disease because it may cause serious problems, or it may lead to nothing. Cysts often come and go naturally, without causing any troubles. But when there is a twisted cyst or when cysts rupture, they often cause complications. It is just that having more cysts in the ovary (polycystic) enhances the risk factor considerably. Also, more cysts mean additional pressure on the surrounding organs.
The best way to treat PCOS is through holistic treatment as it addresses the root causes and eradicates them completely. Conventional treatments on the other hand just treat the symptoms, and this is why the cysts return even after they go away.