We’re getting lots of questions here on the Embarrassing Bodies website regarding polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. Many of you are concerned it can affect your fertility which it can. Unfortunately PCOS can be associated with erratic periods and with not ovulating. But the good news is that if you manage to lose weight often your fertility improves and we also have an operation available, something called ovarian drilling where we laser your ovaries to improve your fertility.
And a question here from a lady who has PCOS and is really struggling with unwanted body and facial hair. Sadly, that’s a very common problem with PCOS and I often see women who are fed up with plucking and shaving and waxing. Obviously there are alternatives, things like electrolysis and laser but they don’t come cheaply. It may be worth chatting to your GP about a particular contraceptive pill which is very good for unwanted facial hair. There are also creams available and cream on prescription which will stop the re-growth of hair.
And lots of comments from women suffering from PCOS who are really struggling with their weight. Unfortunately, it is quite common for women with PCOS to be overweight and sadly it is often more difficult for you to lose weight than somebody who doesn’t have PCOS. But, here’s for the good news, if you manage to lose weight some of the other symptoms of PCOS like acne, unwanted facial hair and erratic periods will also improve.
Lots of you are concerned about erratic periods associated with PCOS and it seems that you fall into two different groups. Some of you are concerned that your erratic periods are affecting your fertility and for you, you really need to concentrate on getting your weight into a healthy range to improve your fertility. For others, you’re more concerned that actually the unpredictability of your periods is very inconvenient. For you, all you need to do is have a chat with your GP because simply going on the pill may be all that you need to do.
And finally, another common question is whether or not PCOS can be cured. Sadly, it can’t but don’t give up hope as there’s lots that we can do for symptoms that worry women like unwanted facial hair, acne, weight gain and erratic periods.
Doctor Responses: Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)
There have been hundreds of questions and comments left on the Embarrassing Bodies website about polycystic ovary syndrome, its symptoms, causes and treatments. In this short video Dr Dawn takes the time to answer your most common questions on the condition.
The majority of questions were posted by Embarrassing Bodies viewers on our ovarian cysts condition guide.
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