Polycystic Ovary Syndrome/
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal condition. It is a condition where there is a hormonal balance, preventing the ovaries releasing an egg each month. This results in tiny cyst like follicles forming on the ovaries, which can affect fertility.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common condition amongst women of reproductive age, affecting around 12-18%. Additionally, groups at higher risk include certain ethnic groups, such as Aboriginal women, and having a family history of polycystic ovary syndrome. Common symptoms for polycystic ovary syndrome include weight gain, reduced fertility, irregular menstrual cycle, amenorrhoea (no periods), acne, excessive body and facial hair, obesity, and mood changes (such as anxiety and depression).

The condition is associated with long-term health risks such as insulin resistance, increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, and heart attack).

To diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome a series of tests must be undertaken, including medical history, examination, blood tests and ultrasounds.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help you manage your polycystic ovary syndrome. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your weight and body measurements, blood test results, and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Jean Hailes

REFERENCES

Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders
PEN. (2015). Endocrine/Metabolic – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Background. Retrieved 20 January, 2017, from https://www.pennutrition.com/KnowledgePathway.aspx?kpid=11702&trid=11763&trcatid=38