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What Are the Effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

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Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a common gynaecological condition that can have a dramatic effect on your health. If you notice any of the following symptoms you should make an appointment with your private gynaecologist in London. The doctor will be able to confirm whether you have PCOS and provide any treatment you need. 

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Polycystic Ovaries

Polycystic ovary syndrome causes large numbers of fluid-filled sacs called follicles to build up in your ovaries. The follicles in your ovaries normally develop as your eggs mature during the menstrual cycle. Although the follicles should disappear once they release the eggs, when you have PCOS this doesn’t happen. The follicles fail to mature properly and may not be able to release mature eggs. Medication can help to stimulate ovulation if you want to try to get pregnant.

Irregular Periods

Since PCOS can prevent you from producing mature eggs each month, it can affect your menstrual cycle. Irregular periods are one of the most common symptoms of PCOS. In some cases, you may miss your period or stop having them altogether. Your private gynaecologist in London may prescribe medication to help make your cycle more predictable.

Other Symptoms of PCOS

Other effects of PCOS are associated with the higher levels of androgens or “male” hormones in your body. All women produce some of these hormones, but when you have PCOS your body will produce more androgens than normal. This can result in symptoms such as excessive hair on your face and body, thinning hair on your head, weight gain and acne. You may also be at higher risk of certain conditions such as high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Having PCOS can also affect your mental wellbeing and cause feelings of depression or low self-esteem, so it is important to seek as much support as you need from your friends and family as well as your private gynaecologist at the London clinic.

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