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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)



Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-18% of women of reproductive age and up to 21% in some high-risk groups, such as Indigenous women.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition commonly involving high levels of insulin or testosterone. The cause of PCOS is unclear.

Symptoms of PCOS

PCOS is often related to problems such as:

  • Irregular periods,

  • Acne,

  • Excess hair,

  • Hair loss,

  • Depression,

  • Anxiety,

  • Sex and relationship issues.

Other health problems associated with PCOS such as:

  • Metabolic syndrome,

  • Type 2 diabetes and

  • Cardiovascular disease

mean understanding and treatment of PCOS is important. Your doctor can help you learn about the signs and symptoms of PCOS, diagnoses and the treatments available.

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