Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects women’s hormone levels and how their ovaries work. Women with PCOS produce excess androgens (male hormones). The hormone imbalance causes irregular periods, meaning the ovaries do not regularly release eggs. The ovaries become enlarged and contain fluid-filled sacs that surround the eggs.
Symptoms of polycystic ovaries include irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, excessive hair growth and weight gain. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown but there is a hereditary component. It is related to abnormal hormone levels, including high levels of insulin, which increases the risk of developing health problems such as type 2 diabetes later on in life.
There is not a cure for PCOS, but symptoms such as hair growth can be treated.
We provide treatment options for PCOS at Harpenden Skin Clinic.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.