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Polycystic ovary syndrome: causes and management

Polycystic ovary syndrome: causes and management

A polycystic ovary is slightly larger than a normal ovary and contains twice the number of follicles

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,

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