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
- Oily skin
- 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:
- 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.