Acne and Irregular Periods? You could have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Written by Miss Yulia Gurtovaya for Doctify
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can have some pretty devastating effects. These can range from physical symptoms, like acne or weight gain, to psychological damage or anxiety. Most importantly, any woman of any age can be diagnosed with it.
Famous sufferers include Star Wars actress and all-around girl boss Daisy Ridley, who penned a brave Instagram post about her experiences. Luckily, brilliant Doctify Gynaecologist Miss Yulia Gurtovaya is here to help with a short guide to PCOS.
So, what is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that causes a change in the way your ovaries work. A diagnosis is usually made if you show two of the following three key features:
- Large ovaries with many fluid filled cysts
- Irregular periods that may may prevent the normal release of these eggs (ovulation) as part of a typical menstrual cycle
- Increased levels of androgens (male hormones) in your body
This disease is thought to affect around 1 in 5 women in the UK, but not everyone will show obvious symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for PCOS, but early diagnosis can help in controlling symptoms. The good news is, treatment can significantly improve quality of life whilst minimising long term problems.
What are the symptoms?
- Irregular periods
- Loss of fertility
- Difficulty in losing weight
- Skin problems
- Hair loss
Hormone imbalance can cause all of these symptoms. Most are quite common and can be a result of various medical problems or conditions. Therefore, it is important to have a proper diagnosis with a clinical assessment, which means blood tests for a hormonal profile and an ultrasound scan.
Is there a cure?
Although Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has no cure, the symptoms can be treated.
Treatment options include:
- Weight balance: you can achieve this through regular exercise and specific diet support. Also, medication called Metformin can aid insulin regulation and metabolism
- Skin problems and excessive facial hair: Cosmetic procedures and specific creams can help, ask your specialist for more options
- Hair loss: This also tends to be reviewed on an individual basis
- Fertility: In some cases, keyhole surgery can stimulate the ovaries to help with ovulation and fertility.
If you feel in any way overwhelmed by your diagnosis and have any emotional or mental health repercussions, support is available.
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