Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS affects 12-18% of Australian women.
It is a complicated hormonal condition that is much more than having to many cysts on your ovaries.
Have a look and see if you might suffer from PCOS.
A little insight into how PCOS is managed.
PCOS effects your fertility and your ability to get pregnant. Have a look and see how you might be able to get pregnant.
PCOS effects many aspects of your life and there are a few lifestyle changes that will benefit you and your future health. Take a look!
Sometimes having PCOS can be emotionally draining and caring for your mental health is as important as your physical. Here are some ways to help you.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complex condition involving imbalances between your bodies hormones.
Women with PCOS experience the condition in a variety of ways and no two women are the same.
It can present with many different features including:
Psychological (anxiety, depression, body image issues)
Reproductive (irregular menstrual cycles, hirsutism, infertility and pregnancy complications)
Metabolic features (insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, T2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors)
How is PCOS Diagnosed?
PCOS is diagnosed using Medical history, Examination, Blood tests and Ultrasound scans of the ovaries. At least 2 of the following areas must be present for the diagnosis
There can be a change in your ovaries appearance and function.
Increased ovary volume- usually more than 10ml
More than twelve small cysts on your ovary that are less than 10mm in size
There must be no main follicle at the time of the scan
There can be an imbalance of hormones
High levels of androgens (male hormones) in your blood
Clinical evidence of increased androgens such as acne, hair growth or male pattern baldness
Your menstrual cycle can be hard to predict and heavy
Irregular menstrual cycles
Long gaps without a menstrual cycle
At Warrnambool Obstetrics and Gynaecology our staff have a special interest in managing women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
We have experienced fertility specialists available for any women looking to get pregnant and can coordinate treatment with fertility treatment options to give you your best chance of a successful pregnancy.
For an appointment see your GP and get a referral!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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