What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormone disorders affecting women, with a prevalence of 5-10% in women of childbearing age.  It is the most common cause of testosterone excess in women and the most common cause of ovulatory failure. Testosterone excess is shown by facial/body hair and acne, and ovulation problems are demonstrated by subfertility and menstrual irregularity.  In addition, PCOS is associated with obesity.  It is therefore perhaps not surprising that many studies have found that women with PCOS experience mood difficulties and psychiatric problems to a greater degree than women without PCOS. 


If you are interested in the psychological aspects of PCOS, then here is some good news: Palgrave Macmillan will be publishing a new textbook on the subject, written by Dr John Barry and Scarlett Spratt, some time in 2019.
 
 
 
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