Polycystic ovary syndrome

Wellbeing of Women funds vital medical research on polycystic ovary syndrome.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. It is a leading cause of fertility problems and can have a significant effect on a woman’s quality of life. Symptoms include irregular or absent periods, difficulties becoming pregnant, excessive hair growth, weight gain, thinning hair and acne.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your doctor, who may refer you to a specialist. Although it cannot yet be cured, there are helpful treatments for PCOS and a number of ways you can reduce its effects.