Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

How the NCLP can help you

One of the symptoms of PCOS is excess facial hair growth (hirsuitism), if during your free consultation, we suspect undiagnosed PCOS, we will refer you back to your GP. This is where our unique service comes into play and the benefit of dealing with a Secondary Care Provider such as The NCLP becomes apparant. Upon diagnosis, we will write on your behalf to your GP requesting they support an application for funding from the NHS. If you are fortunate enough to receive funding, being a Secondary Care Provider, we are able to invoice the NHS directly. If successful and you had commenced treatment prior to receiving funding, we will refund any payments you have already made in full.

If you would like to speak to another sufferer, we may be able to organise that too. Call and ask for an appointment with Jooli on 01132 381594

Polycystic ovaries

Polycystic ovaries are ovaries containing a large number of harmless cysts that are no bigger than 8mm each. Normal ovaries have only about half this number of cysts.

The cysts are egg-containing follicles that have not developed properly (see box) because of a hormone imbalance (see Causes).

Often in PCOS, none of these follicles develops enough to release an egg, meaning ovulation does not take place.

Also, in some women, levels of the hormone testosterone (or other male hormones) are higher than normal, which results in many of the typical symptoms.

Many women have polycystic ovaries without having the syndrome (without the symptoms). Some women have the syndrome, but have normal looking ovaries on ultrasound.

How common is it?

PCOS affects millions of women in the UK.

About one in five women in the UK have polycystic ovaries, and approximately one in 10 have PCOS to some degree.

Who is affected?

Many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, and have an acquired form of PCOS. They may have excessive body hair and hair loss from the head.

PCOS also tends to run in families. If you have PCOS but are not overweight, you probably have a history of PCOS in your family.

Women with PCOS may also have a family history of diabetes and high cholesterol.

Outlook

PCOS cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be treated. Treatment options include lifestyle advice (losing weight) and the combined contraceptive pill.

If PCOS is not properly managed, it can lead to problems in later life, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

Reference: NHS Choices July 2010

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