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13rd January 2014

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common life-long condition found in women all over the world. Women with PCOS suffer from a combination of symptoms that can lead to other serious conditions such as obesity, heart disease and infertility. A cure for this disorder has not yet been found so it's important to know how to manage this condition correctly.

Below is a useful website related to PCOS. It gives you a greater insight into this condition and helpful tips on how to manage some of its symptoms.

Our favourite sections:

PCOS - Emotional wellness, overcoming anxiety and depression


This website has derived from PCOS challenge. This is a national award-winning television series that follows ten women with PCOS, whose lives have changed for the better with the help of health, skin and medical experts. One of the symptoms that have been addressed on the PCOS challenge website relates to the connection between PCOS and anxiety/depression.

In the short clips, we are introduced to the clinical psychologist and emotional wellness coach, Ruth Wittergreen. She encourages sufferers to concentrate on the good, rather than the bad in their lives. She strongly stresses that it's really just about knowing how to regulate your emotions and having a positive approach to the situation.

PCOS - Hair and skin


In the video clip, we are introduced to the clinical nutritionist and dietitian Carmina McGee. She sheds some light on some of the common symptoms that are associated with PCOS such as acne, and excessive hair growth.

Carmina talks us through the different grades of acne that women experience. She tells us that acne grades go from on 1-4 with 1 being the mildest and 4 being the most severe. Grade 4 acne is also referred to as cystic acne, which is the more painful type of acne and is more prone to leave acne scars on your skin.

If you have been suffering from severe acne issues of the grade 4 type then it would be worth visiting a well-trained dermatologist. This way you can start your laser treatment for acne straight away, as part of your PCOS treatment plan once approved by your physician.

Carmina also briefly discusses the excessive hair issues that women undergo because of PCOS. She advises us that hair removal treatments like waxing are fine to carry out for areas of the body like your arms and under arms but not more sensitive areas like the face. Hair removal treatments like laser hair removal would therefore be recommended for the facial area.

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