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One in ten suffer ovarian problem; Your Sex Doctor: ISSUE OF THE WEEK.

Byline: CATHERINE HOOD

POLYCYSTIC Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is thought to affect 10 per cent of women. The bloating and irregular periods ca n be annoying and it can affect fertility. Luckily, help is at hand. What is PCOS? THE condition causes irregular periods, weight gain and acne. Every month the ovaries are stimulated but many eggs start to mature at once. As a result, no single egg develops enough to be released from the ovaries. If there is no ovulation, you can't get pregnant. Cause THE latest thinking links PCOS to the hormone insulin. This is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. In women with PCOS, the cells in the body don't respond well to insulin so more has to be produced by the pancreas to have an effect.

Why do you get acne and hair growth? THE high level of insulin over-stimulates the ovaries, causing them to overproduce male-type hormones. It is these hormones that cause the acne and hair growth.

Why infertility? OVER-STIMULATION of the ovaries can prevent eggs f rom growing properly so normal eggs are not produced every month. This reduces a woman's fertility.

Why obesity? FOUR out of 10 women with PCOS will be overweight.

It is a vicious circle - because obesity will often bring on or worsen the symptoms of PCOS and then the hormone changes will make it more difficult for a woman to lose weight.

Can I have a test? AN ultrasound scan will show up small cysts in the ovaries. About 20pc of women have these cystic ovaries but not all of them get the hormone changes of polycystic syndrome. Treatment is available in the form of medication and help losing weight.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2010
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