Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting 1 in 10 people with ovaries. It is named after the appearance of the tiny fluid-filled follicular sacs in the ovaries, that house your immature eggs. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by an increase in androgens and/or a sensitivity to insulin.

What are common PCOS symptoms?

The hormonal imbalances in PCOS cases can cause a knock on effect to the rest of your body and cause a variety of life changing symptoms. Some of the main symptoms of PCOS are:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Hirsutism - excessive hair growth in a “male” pattern, such as on the face, neck, chest and body
  • Skin problems such as acne, skin darkening and skin tags
  • Thinning hair or hair loss from the head
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Fertility issues

Diagnosing PCOS

The 3 main features of PCOS are Hyperandrogenism, irregular periods and polycystic ovaries. If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS.

A high level of androgens, AKA “male” hormones are present, which may cause symptoms above

Generally this means that you are not ovulating regularly

This is when your ovaries appear enlarged, and contain many fluid-filled sacs, also known as follicles that surround your immature eggs.

Treating PCOS?

Treating PCOS and managing your symptoms is dependent on the type of PCOS you have.

Metabolic PCOS: For those who are living with a metabolic form of PCOS, we provide guidance and support for symptom management through healthy nutrition and lifestyle factors.

Lean PCOS: For people with “lean” PCOS, meaning it is not metabolic, we suggest a scan at one of our partner clinics.

Do I have PCOS?

Our Tailored PCOS test and Dedicated Consultations can give you insight into your reproductive health to help determine what is the right course of action.

Click below to learn more about our PCOS Test.

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