Primary Care Women’s Health Forum: Ten tips for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum offer their best ten tips for helping women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.


Consider PCOS in women with no periods or a cycle length over 35 days whatever the woman’s BMI.

Consider PCOS in adult onset acne.

Ultrasound may not be required to make the diagnosis, but if you are doing it transvaginal ultrasound is best.

Lifestyle advice is required for diet and exercise.

Treat hyper-androgenic signs with combined hormonal contraceptives and if there are undue cardiovascular risks refer to a specialist for help.

Psychological symptoms are common. The Verity site:  can help.

Normalise BMI and other risk factors before pregnancy.

PCOS is a  lifelong condition and needs individualised, holistic care.

Offer endometrial protection to prevent endometrial hyperplasia.

Offer annual screening to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

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