If you’re battling to get pregnant, struggling to manage your weight and living with irregular periods, there may be one reason for it all: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Resident or download.
PCOS is a condition affecting women, and it’s associated with abnormal hormone levels in the body, affecting how the ovaries work. It can also include high levels of insulin, in some cases.
What happens with PCOS?
Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless cysts up to 8mm in size. The cysts are under-developed sacs in which eggs develop. Often these sacs are unable to release an egg, meaning ovulation doesn’t take place – which is what makes falling pregnant difficult.
You may have cysts that develop in your ovaries, high levels of androgens (male hormones) in your body or your ovaries may not regularly release eggs.
Who gets PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is common – it affects, roughly, 1 out of 15 women! Often the symptoms start in the teen years, but treatment can help control symptoms and prevent long-term problems.
PCOS symptoms to watch out for
- irregular periods or no periods at all
- excessive hair growth – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
- battling to fall pregnant
- weight gain that can’t be managed
- thinning hair loss from the head
- acne or oily skin
What can happen if it’s left untreated
If left untreated, PCOS may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. If you have any of these symptoms, speak to one of our doctors – a correct diagnosis and treatment will change everything.