Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is anything but glamorous. Ovarian cysts, insulin resistance, facial hair, potential infertility …they’re not exactly words women everywhere are dying to hear.Despite celebrities like Jessica Rowe, Victoria Beckham, and Emma Thompson going public with how the syndrome has affected their lives, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is still not widely understood. It’s not sexy to think about, and the long-term consequences are hard to comprehend. But 1 in 10 women have this condition, often unknowingly.
What is PCOS? “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the most common hormonal problems faced by women, and is a key player in many cases of infertility,” Callaghan says.Dr Benson explains the syndrome is characterised by hormone imbalances: “Androgen (male hormone) and insulin levels are typically elevated in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). This hormonal imbalance can cause women to have irregular or absent periods, problems with fertility, acne, excessive facial hair and hair thinning. “