Spotlight on: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

 Belgravia | Dulwich

Dr Dan Borlase is one of our experts in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and here Dan talks about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects many women of reproductive age. It can cause irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, and hormonal imbalances leading to symptoms like acne and excess hair growth. PCOS also increases the risk of long-term health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

PCOS often goes undiagnosed or misunderstood. However, early detection and management can significantly improve your health.

Top Tips for Managing PCOS

  1. Healthy Eating: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Limit sugary foods and processed carbohydrates to help regulate blood sugar levels.
  2. Regular Exercise: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days to help with weight management and hormone regulation.
  3. Stress Management: Chronic stress can worsen PCOS symptoms. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to reduce stress levels.
  4. Medication Management: Talk to your doctor about medications that can help manage PCOS symptoms. This may include the contraceptive pill to regulate periods or medications to address insulin resistance.
  5. Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest research on PCOS to better understand the condition and treatment options. Recent studies have shown a possible link between PCOS and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, emphasising the importance of a proactive approach to management.

Frequently Asked Questions about PCOS

Q: Can PCOS be cured?
A: PCOS cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed effectively with lifestyle changes and medications.

Q: Can PCOS cause infertility?
A: Yes, PCOS is a common cause of infertility due to irregular ovulation, but many women with PCOS can still conceive with appropriate treatment.

Q: Is PCOS genetic?
A: There is a genetic component to PCOS, but lifestyle factors also play a significant role.

Q: How is PCOS diagnosed?
A: Diagnosis typically involves a physical exam, medical history review, blood tests, and imaging studies such as ultrasound.

Q: What are the long-term health risks of PCOS?
A: PCOS increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer if left untreated.

Q: What treatments are available for PCOS?
A: Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications to regulate hormones or insulin, and sometimes surgery.

If you suspect you have PCOS or are struggling with symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Book an appointment at Grosvenor Gardens Healthcare’s Dulwich or Belgravia clinic for personalised care and support.

Early intervention can make a significant difference in managing PCOS and improving your quality of life.