There is a wide range of symptoms that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause. If you have been diagnosed or suspect you have PCOS then here’s the rundown on the essential information you need.
What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a common condition that affects around 1 in 10 women. Not all women with the condition experience symptoms, while others experience severe symptoms that impact all aspects of their life.
An imbalance of reproductive hormones causes PCOS. This hormonal balance can affect the ovaries as well as pretty much all the systems in the body.
Symptoms Of PCOS
Women with this condition can experience a range of symptoms. On the other hand, some have none at all. Every woman’s experience is different; as a result, this condition has often been under-diagnosed. Some common symptoms include;
- Irregular, missed, or no periods
- Excessive hair growth on the face, chin, upper back, and chest
- Thinning hair, similar to male-pattern baldness
- Weight gain
- Skin tags – flaps of excess skin
- Patches of darkened skin
- Infertility/low fertility.
There is no cure for PCOS. So, treatments help manage the symptoms and lessen the impact of the condition. The sooner you can start treatment, the easier it is to manage.
Lifestyle changes are one of the first things that women with PCOS are asked to try. While it can be hard to lose weight when you have PCOS, losing around 5% of your body weight can have a significant impact on your condition.
There are medications you can be prescribed, to even out your menstrual cycle, help you get pregnant, and to deal with issues of hair growth/loss.
In some cases, surgery is an option to treat some infertility problems.
Seeing A Specialist
If you have or suspect you may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), you should speak to a specialist. If you are in west London, Dr Phillipe de Rosnay is a consultant gynaecologist who can help you to manage your condition. You can make an appointment today.