Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Explained – What is PCOS?

As many as one in four women around the world suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) although the fact it’s often misdiagnosed or even goes undiagnosed means numbers are probably even higher.

The name – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – refers to the multiple, mini “cysts” which form on the ovaries of some women who suffer from the condition. These cysts are actually egg sacks or follicles and instead of growing and releasing an egg through ovulation as they normally would, they stall, instead releasing relatively higher male hormones into the blood, causing a range of health problems.

It’s a complex condition that can be related to elevated cholesterol, an insulin imbalance and a tendency to unwanted weight gain. However, significant metabolic shifts can still occur even if you are slim.

PCOS is one of the leading causes of subfertility or infertility but fortunately it doesn’t mean that you can’t conceive. In fact, celebrity mums including Jools Oliver, Victoria Beckham and actor Emma Thompson have all been reported as having PCOS.

Read on to find out more about the symptoms, the science and the solutions. Alternatively use the form below to organise an appointment with one of our Fertility Specialists.

 
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