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Diagnoses: Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

6 January, 2012

Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition characterised by multiple (poly) cysts on the ovaries, which blight them, making them appear larger than normal. Patients with poly cystic ovaries also have imbalanced hormone levels. It affects approximately 10% of women.

Symptoms include being overweight or obese, irregular periods, male pattern hair growth (upper lip and chin especially), male pattern hair loss, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, migraines, heavy periods, oily skin and acne, dandruff deeper voice and insulin resistance which makes weight gain very easy and weight loss quite difficult. Infertility can also be common; PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women.

There is no cure for PCOS but weight loss (which is more difficult that normal) can stabilise the condition. PCOS can be hereditary.

So there’s #2 in the ever-growing list of diagnoses our family has.

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