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For the past few years, we’ve made an effort every September to ensure we’re supporting Polycystic Ovary Awareness Month and this year is no different.
Last year, our Creative Director and Marketing Manager, sat down and discussed the condition over an IGTV video, click here to recap.
This year, we’re giving you straight facts & figures
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition that affects 27% of women aged 15-44. This condition affects the ovulation cycle as cysts live on the ovaries and also has a detrimental effect on the hormone levels. PCOS causes a female to over-produce the male hormone; testosterone. This hormone imbalance can cause irregular menstrual periods and also makes conceiving, more complicated.
Is it common?
Yes, PCOS affects 1 in 5 women in the UK. Most women find out they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s, when they experience fertility issues and resort to their GP for advice. But this condition can affect any female after puberty, however, as PCOS isn’t always easy to diagnose, up to 70% of affected women go unrecognised.
What else comes with PCOS?
While some sufferers have 2 to 3 times the risk of getting non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, 50% of women with PCOS also develop type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes before the age of 40.
Is there a cure?
While there isn’t a cure, studies demonstrate that losing between 5% and 10% of initial body weight improves metabolic, physiological and psychological aspects of PCOS. This may help restore of ovulation and fertility in some women. Medicines are also available to treat symptoms such as excessive hair growth, irregular periods and fertility problems. If you wish to seek further advice, we advise contacting your GP or visit NHS Inform
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By HC MedSpa
3rd September 2021