Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition, thought to affect up to 20% of women in the reproductive age group. It is a condition that can affect your fertility, periods, hormones and general appearance. While the cause is still unknown, it is known to run in families and women often have a family history of the condition.

Symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Cessation of periods
  • Subfertility/Infertility
  • Oily skin
  • Acne
  • Increase in facial and/or body hair
  • Weight gain/ difficulty in losing weight

There are long-term health risks for women diagnosed to have PCOS. These are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Development of pre-cancer cells of the lining of the womb, which can lead to cancer if left untreated
  • Depression and mood changes.

We recommend at least a yearly general health and gynaecology check-up if you have been diagnosed with PCOS.