What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal imbalance which affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age. The condition results in one or more of the following symptoms being present:

*Irregular or absent periods

*Acne

*Weight gain

*Excessive facial and or body hair (hirsutism)

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The ovaries take on the appearance of bunches of grapes, each one covered with multiple cysts, these in fact are not cysts, but are small undeveloped follicles (eggs).

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What causes Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

It is not yet properly known what causes PCOS, however experts believe there is a genetic link, and that it has a tendency to run in families (hereditary). There is also a link to diet and lifestyle. An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise may cause a women to develop PCOS if there is a family history of the condition.

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Diagnosing PCOS

The diagnosed of PCOS is generally confirmed when any two of the following symptoms are present

*Infrequent or no ovulation.

*Physical signs of increased levels of male hormones diagnosed with a blood test.

*An increase in these male hormones will result in male characteristics being evident * Polycystic ovaries diagnosed using an ultrasound scan.

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What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Not all women will suffer the same symptoms

*Irregular or absence of periods

*Excessive hair on the face, breasts, inner thighs or around the nipples.

*Acne

*Oily skin

*Thinning or loss of scalp hair

*Skin tags

*Skin discolouration around the neck, arms and under the breasts.

*Mood swings

*Depression

*Weight gain

*Difficulty in losing weight

*Irregular or no ovulation

*Cravings or binges

*Difficulty in getting pregnant (infertility)

*Low self esteem

What treatments can we help with?

Mina has worked with clients with PCOS for many years. PCOS is a complex medical condition which means it helps having someone who understands what they are dealing with. With Mina’s background in nursing she will be able to give advice on diet, exercise, and where to get additional support for your condition.  She can also offer additional treatments such as:

Laser hair removal 

Laser hair removal remains the gold standard for treatment for significant hair reduction for PCOS clients.  Due to Mina’s extensive experience we sure that each session is tailor made for each client with PCOS. This is particular important as most PCOS clients will usually require extra treatment to manage their hair growth.

Laser skin treatments

We offer a range of treatments for skin conditions associated with PCOS. For instance we offer treatment for acne and skin conditions using light therapy, micro-needling and using medical skin care range i.e. Obagi Medical

If you would like to learn more contact us today.
 

You can get further information on PCOS from some of the following organisations.
Verity website
Find a GP
Contact Samaritans
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