Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Woman's Guide to Identifying and Managing Pcos

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Woman's Guide to Identifying and Managing Pcos

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Woman's Guide to Identifying and Managing Pcos

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Woman's Guide to Identifying and Managing Pcos

Synopsis

Addressing the common, but often undiagnosed, hormonal condition of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), this medical guide gives women the confidence to ask their doctors the right questions and make informed choices. In easy-to-understand language, the latest advice about managing PCOS is offered to the one in four women with polycystic ovaries and the seven out of 100 of this group who suffer the effects of PCOS. The symptoms, including acne, excess hair, weight problems, and irregular menstruation are outlined. Such questions as What causes PCOS? How do hormones work? How is PCOS different from simply having polycystic ovaries? Does PCOS necessarily lead to infertility? How is it treated? and What is the connection between PCOS and diabetes? are answered. Case studies and the latest research for patients, pharmacists, doctors, and other health professionals are included.

Excerpt

Unfortunately, we doctors often give diseases names which sound very threatening and then, to make matters even worse, we turn them into confusing acronyms. The term 'polycystic ovary', or PCO, is a good example of this. For good measure, let's add the word 'syndrome' and it becomes polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. It sounds painful—as if the ovary is constantly full of large, painful cysts—and even hints at the threat of radical surgery. However, neither of these scenarios is true.

What is a polycystic ovary?

The possibility that a woman may have polycystic ovaries is one of the most common reasons for a GP to refer someone to my clinical practice. Many of these women arrive confused and often very . . .

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