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Polycystic Ovaries (PCOs)

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What are Polycystic Ovaries?
With this condition, the ovaries contain multiple small cysts which can increase in size. In a normal monthly cycle, the ovaries produce 100-200 eggs. Usually only one reaches a mature size; this is known as the leading follicle. If the leading follicle isn’t fertilised and released, the remaining eggs die after it disappears – and so on every cycle. With polycystic ovaries, the eggs usually stay small, don’t grow and there is no leading follicle. So the ovaries stop functioning properly, which can lead to irregular or delayed periods and ultimately infertility.BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Polycystic Ovaries – Causes
The exact reason for this condition is unknown but it may be affected by weight gain and is usually associated with hormone imbalance. The most common symptoms are irregular or delayed periods, infertility and excess facial or body hair. Ovulation might be of poor quality even if you have a regular period every month.
Polycystic Ovaries – Treatment
After a medical consultation, we investigate using blood tests and ultrasound scans. Treatment depends on your personal circumstances and whether or not you hope to conceive at some point.
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