What is it?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. It is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. The three main features of PCOS are:

  • Ovaries don’t regularly release eggs (ovulation).
  • High levels of “male hormones” in your body.
  • Your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) which surround the eggs.

What are the symptoms?

Signs and symptoms of PCOS usually become apparent during your late teens or early twenties. They include:

  • Menstrual irregularity-irregular periods or no periods at all.
  • Difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate (infertility).
  • Excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks.
  • Weight gain.
  • Thinning hair and hair loss from the head.
  • Oily skin or acne.

What to expect?

If you have been diagnosed by a health professional with PCOS it is good to keep the following things in mind:

  • Many woman with PCOS have difficulties falling pregnant. Consult your GP if you have been diagnosed with PCOS and want to get pregnant.
  • Consider losing excess weight. Weight loss of excess may lead to a significant improvement in PCOS.

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