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What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions affecting women of reproductive age. It is thought to affect around 1 in 10 women but may affect many more due to the number of women who remain undiagnosed.

PCOS is a hormonal condition that can affect women both physically and psychologically. There is a wide range of symptoms and these can vary from women to women, including irregular or absent periods, irregular ovulation, ovarian cysts, unwanted hair growth, weight problems, acne, thinning of hair on the scalp, anxiety and depression.

PCOS is also one of the leading causes of fertility problems in women and, if not properly managed, can lead to further health problems later in life, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and cancer.

Kate Davies, Fertility Nurse Consultant, helps to raise awareness and educate us in our #PCOSPower video series.

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