PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (or polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS) is a complex hormonal condition.

PCOS is relatively common, especially in infertile women. It affects 12 to 18 percent of women of reproductive age. Almost 70 percent of these cases remain undiagnosed.

Women who have PCOS may experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • irregular menstrual cycles – menstruation may be less or more frequent due to less frequent ovulation (release of an egg)
  • amenorrhoea (no periods) – some women with PCOS do not menstruate, in some cases for many years
  • excessive facial or body hair growth (or both)
  • acne
  • scalp hair loss
  • reduced fertility (difficulty in becoming pregnant) – related to less frequent or absent ovulation
  • weight excess
  • sleep apnoea.

If you experience some of these symptoms, call 02 96886678 for an appointment.

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