Polycystic ovary syndrome is a very common chronic health condition causing hormonal imbalances in approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.
Women with PCOS usually have insulin and testosterone levels higher than women without pcos.
There is commonly a family history, and it is more common in women of Asian, African and Aboriginal backgrounds.
Although symptoms vary, irregular or no periods are the most common clinical presentation of PCOS. Excess facial hair growth, pimples/acne, weight gain, difficulty falling pregnant and emotional problems are also part of PCOS.
While PCOS cannot be cured, your doctor can organise tests to investigate and diagnose the condition and provide you with advice on how to manage the symptoms in a holistic multidisciplinary approach.