Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome – PCOS

Polycystic ovaries Syndrome (PCOS) can affect people in different ways and in varying degrees. It is a condition where the normal function of the ovaries has changed. There are three key symptoms of the condition: your ovaries have many tiny cysts, your hormones are out of balance, and you don’t ovulate every month.

At The Surrey Park Clinic we can diagnose PCOS if you exhibit the main symptoms. There is no way of reversing the formation of these cysts, but if you’re diagnosed with PCOS it is important that you get treatment to control your symptoms, particularly if the symptoms are severe and cause a lot of worry or if infertility becomes an issue.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of PCOS are below:

  • Irregular or absent periods (30% to 50% of women).
  • Problems in getting pregnant (20% to 30%).
  • Weight gain around the abdomen / above waist).
  • Loss of scalp hair.
  • Mood Concentration/psychological symptoms of tiredness, lethargy, mood swings, aggressive/short fuse, depressed/low feeling, paranoid/negative feelings, loss of confidence, reduced memory/concentration, disorientated/out of body feeling, clumsiness.
  • Excessive hair growth on face or body.
  • Acne.

What makes PCOS worse?

PCOS can be made worse by any of the following:

  • High Carbohydrate diet and high fat diets.
  • Snacking.
  • Weight gain.
  • Genetic pre-disposition (family history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hormone problems, miscarriage).
  • Some medications (the Pill, Beta blockers, Progesterone).
  • Puberty.
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding.
  • Lack of ovarian hormones e.g. menopause.
  • Stress.
  • Ovarian failure.
  • Androgen failure.
  • Advancing age.
  • Grazing / snacking as a child.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

At the Surrey Park Clinic, we are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and offer personalised care in our accessible clinic at a time to suit you. You will be seen by one of our specialist clinicians for a consultation and they may complete the following tests:

  • An ultrasound scan.
  • Discussion of your symptoms such as raised waist/hip ratio.
  • Blood tests.

Following on from the tests your clinician will give you a personal treatment plan.

Please call 01483 454 016 to arrange your consultation.