Condition: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a condition that effects the way that a woman’s ovaries work. It is a very common condition, affecting up to 1 in 5 women, but more than half of these women will never show symptoms.

What causes PCOS?

The exact cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome is unknown, but the condition often runs in families. The cause can be related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, such as high levels of insulin and androgens.


What are the symptoms of PCOS?

The most common symptoms would include irregular or lack of menstruation (periods), issues with excess hair growth, hair thinning, acne, weight gain and fertility issues.


Tests for diagnosing PCOS

You may experience some or all of the symptoms and we will aim to provide you with a full diagnostic work up with blood tests and so we may also need ultrasound scans. We aim to provide you with a tailored approach to address your symptoms and to ensure that your risk for other associated conditions (Diabetes Mellitus, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease) are assessed.


Treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome can present with an array of symptoms including disordered menstruation, hair, skin and fertility.  It is also associated with the metabolic syndrome.  Our specialists will perform a detailed assessment and focus on a management plan that will suit you and your needs.  This could include contraception pills or specific drugs to target certain symptoms.


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Specialists

We have brought together a group of leading Consultant Endocrinologists to form our Endocrinology team. With a huge depth of experience covering diabetes, adrenal disorders, metabolic syndrome and much more, these expert clinicians are the best in their field and are all focused on delivering the very best patient care.