Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is estimated to affect one in ten women in [dc1]the UK[/dc1][dc2]Ireland[/dc2]. PCOS is a condition that affects how a woman's ovaries work. The characterising features of PCOS include an abnormally large number of cysts that develop around the edge of the ovaries, a failure in the release of eggs from the ovaries, and elevated levels of male hormones. The presence of two of these features is used to diagnose the syndrome.

Symptoms

  • Weight gain
  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Excessive body hair (hirsutism)
  • Acne
  • Fertility problems

Risk Factors

  • Having a family history of PCOS
  • Having diabetes or insulin resistance
  • Obesity

My Approach

There is strong evidence to support the role of diet and lifestyle in the management of PCOS 1. My approach is take a detailed case history so that I can identify and address any factors which may be contributing to your condition. I will then develop a personalised programme aimed at rebalancing your metabolism and hormones.

See my previous PCOS client feedback.

  1. Moran LJ, Hutchison SK, Norman RJ, Teede HJ (2011). Lifestyle changes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev., 16: CD007506.