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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)


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    What are polycystic ovaries?
    Polycystic ovaries are fluid containing sacks within the ovary. In some women the ovaries can become large and "studded" with these cysts.
    They commonly affect women of child-bearing age. A family history of this condition may indicate a predisposition to other women in the same family suffering from it.

    What causes this?
    This is caused by the excess production of male hormones by a woman's body. Glandular imbalances affecting thyroid/ pituitary hormones can also be responsible.

    What are the symptoms?
    - Weight gain
    - Growth of excess hair (Hirsutism)
    - Acne
    - Irregular periods. (often less than 8 per year) - (Anovulation)
    - No periods
    - Difficulty in conceiving

    Associated problems can be:
    Diabetes
    Intolerance of glucose
    Abnormal bleeding

    How is it detected?
    Ultra sound
    Blood tests
    Biopsy

    What helps?
  • Weight-loss helps. Proper nutritional advice needs to be taken over this.
  • Hair-loss can be achieved by the normal methods: electrolysis, waxing, creams, shaving.
    Laser therapy is a possibility although women should check that it is appropriate for their skin type.
  • Endocrinologists can assist with the rebalancing of hormones.
  • Fertility drugs/the pill drugs can be prescribed for reproductive/ cycle problems.
  • Natural therapies can help to restore the natural balance of the body: i.e. reflexology - some therapists report a 70% success rate for conception post treatment.


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