Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic condition that affects the ovaries and their hormone production. There are typically 3 major features that are used to diagnose PCOS; these are:
- Irregular periods – the ovaries stop regular ovulation, leading to irregular periods.
- Excess androgen – a male hormone that we all produce, but to excess in the case of someone suffering from PCOS. This can lead to excessive facial or body hair.
- Polycystic ovaries – where the ovaries contain fluid filled follicles around the eggs (these are not cysts).
If a sufferer has 2 out of 3 of these, they may be diagnosed as having PCOS, as opposed to polycystic ovaries (PCO).
Did you know…
- There are a range of standard front line treatment options for PCOS, as well as recommendations for lifestyle changes which can help to alleviate the symptoms, such as weight loss and exercise.
- Many people look at alternative or natural treatment options for PCOS; long term use of Metformin has shown success in treating the condition as it improves the menstrual cycle and reduces luteinizing hormone, testosterone and BMI.
- PCOS is on of the most common endocrine disorders in the world, affecting approx. 6-10% of women worldwide.
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