From this pharmacy CPD module you will learn:
- What polycystic ovary syndrome is, its causes and prevalence
- Its symptoms, diagnosis and management
- The long-term consequences of this condition
- Advice and support that pharmacists and their staff can offer patients
Download the PDF for this module - this includes the 5 minute test - here.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. It can cause a number of symptoms, including: hyperandrogenism (excess androgens, including testosterone) resulting in hirsutism and acne; multiple cysts in the ovary; oligomenorrhoea (infrequent menstruation); and amenorrhoea (absence of menstruation).
Ovaries contain follicles, fluid-filled spaces where the eggs develop and are released from during ovulation. A polycystic ovary is an ovary slightly larger than normal, with twice the number of follicles,