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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

pcos Sep 08, 2020

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition, affecting around 20% of pre-menopausal women.

PCOS describes an imbalance of sex hormones, particularly of male sex hormones like testosterone. It leads to many cysts forming on the ovaries, that rarely produce fertilisable eggs. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown; however, family history, genetics, hormones, and lifestyle are thought to play a part.  

Although not curable, PCOS can be managed effectively. However, it does require support from a range of health professionals, including dietitians.

 

Common side effects

There are five significant impacts PCOS can have on your health. These include:

  1. Being at an increased risk of diabetes.
  2. Being infertile or struggling to fall pregnant.
  3. Weight gain.
  4. Having irregular menstrual cycles or having no period.
  5. Having excessive facial hair, body hair or acne.

 

Diabetes risk

PCOS is regarded as an insulin-resistant condition, affecting 80% of women. Insulin...

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