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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Dr Wayne Cottrell:

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common syndrome that affects millions of women in the UK. It is estimated that about 1 in 5 women have Polycystic ovary Syndrome, but half of these wont experience symptoms. As the name suggests the disease affects how the ovaries work and can cause a variety of symptoms.

Usually, once a month ovulation occurs with the release of an egg. These eggs develop in the follicles of the ovaries. Every month several of these follicles will develop but only one egg gets released. In Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, these follicles are replaced by cysts with the result that an egg doesn’t always get released.


  • Cysts in the ovaries. Usually around 12 cysts develop
  • No ovulation, which means no period
  • High levels of male hormones in the body


  • Irregular periods or no periods
  • Difficulty in falling pregnant
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Hair thinning
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

Symptoms usually start in the late teens and early twenties and not all women will have all the symptoms


  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Elevated cholesterol levels


  • Blood test
  • Ultrasound Scan of the ovaries


  • There is no cure but symptoms can be managed.
  • If you are overweight losing weight through a healthy diet could help reduce symptoms
  • Treatments are available for excess hair growth
  • Sometimes fertility medication can help with fertility issues
  • Metformin

If you are concerned about or just want advice on STI’s, please call: 0203 197 9100 or contact us via email at:

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Dr Wayne Cottrell will be back in the clinic from 18 October and the clinic will be open every weekday from that date

Canada Place Shopping Mall
34 North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
E14 5HX

Tel: 0203 197 9100

Monday: 11:00-17:30
Tuesday: 11:00-17:30
Wednesday: 09:30-17:30
Thursday: 11:00-14.30
Friday: 11:00-13.30
Saturday: 11:30-15:00