Hormones are small chemical messengers that travel in the bloodstream to transfer a message from one location in the body to another. They are part of the endocrine system and produced by glands. They have many different functions and are involved in different processes such as growth and development, the metabolism, reproductive functions and your mood.
Some of the hormones that play an important role in PCOS are the androgens (to which for example testosterone belongs), gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and the gonadotropins luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estrogen, progesterone and the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH).
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