(BPT) - Do you struggle with irregular periods? If so, you might be one of the 5 to 10% of women impacted by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal disorder caused by elevated levels of male hormones, which can lead to irregular periods and a lack of ovulation. If ignored, PCOS can have a lasting impact on a woman’s health and fertility.

Unfortunately, many women struggle with PCOS for years (and in some cases, decades), before they seek treatment. CCRM Fertility, a global pioneer in fertility science, research and treatment, has compiled a list of the top five things every woman and young girl should know about PCOS to ensure she gets the support and care needed to keep her PCOS in check: