Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
What is Polycystic ovary syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition, affecting approximately 1 in 10 women in the UK.
A diagnosis of PCOS is likely to be made in women who have 2 or more of the following:
1) The presence of fluid filled sacs known as follicles surrounding the eggs on the ovaries.
2) Irregular periods due to not ovulating (releasing eggs from the ovaries).
3) Higher levels of male hormones known as androgens (e.g., testosterone) which may cause physical signs such as excess facial hair.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
If you have PCOS then you may experience some or all the below symptoms.
1) Irregular periods
2) Excess hair growth
3) Weight gain or difficult losing weight
6) Hair loss from head
Having PCOS can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, particularly if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or carry excess fat around your middle.
To find out how diet can help to manage PCOS, read my latest blog on diet and PCOS here.