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Improving the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome

16th July 2015

A common problem

Despite it being one of the most common hormonal, reproductive and metabolic disorders found in women, many of us haven’t been educated on polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS is caused by a hormone imbalance that restricts ovulation, making it the most common cause of female infertility. So what are the symptoms of PCOS? And how can we improve them?


A woman suffering with PCOS lacks in female hormones and has too many male hormones which can cause depression, increased acne, weight gain, hair growth and irregular periods According to Sasha Ottey, founder and executive director of PCOS Challenge, Inc., "PCOS is one of the most critical, underserved, under-diagnosed and under-funded conditions affecting women's health. We need the help of media, government agencies and funding sources to improve patient outcomes and help save lives." Studies suggest that less than 50% of women are accurately diagnosed, meaning millions are unaware that they are suffering with the hormonal disease. Many believe the condition is genetic, so as well as looking out for the common symptoms (in bold), family history has to be taken into account.

Unfortunately you are four to seven times more likely to have a heart attack with PCOS, and over half of PCOS sufferers will have diabetes or pre-diabetes by the time they reach 40. Although these figures seem terrifying, there are many ways you can reduce the risk of serious health problems:

  • Remove foods from your diet that trigger inflammation, namely gluten and cow-based dairy
  • Anything that is processed or artificial (e.g. refined sugars and flours) should also be removed from your diet
  • Focus on eating healthy fats and high-quality, clean protein
  • Cut back on exercises that leave you feeling overly fatigued, and add strength and resistance training to your routine
  • Try exercises that focus on the mind-body connection

Here at sk:n Dartford we have a range of treatments available to help improve the conditions of PCOS, from laser hair removal to acne treatments. When you visit our clinic in Dartford you will be met by a team of highly qualified and trained personnel. Our Medical Director- Dr Jeremy Halfhide, Clinic Manager- Alison Johnson and our highly experienced team of doctors, nurses and practitioners. All of which have undergone lengthy training to ensure all treatments are carried out according to the strictest medical protocols.

Why visit sk:n Dartford?

  • Over 25 year’s partnership with NHS
  • Most in-depth training in the Industry
  • Structured treatment plans, personalised to your needs and pocket
  • More acne sufferers successfully treated than any other clinic
  • Highest grade accreditation with CQC, BSF, IHAS, TYCT
  • FREE parking and accessible location within David Lloyd health club
  • Evening and weekend appointments available

Our NEW Dartford clinic is located within Dartford David Lloyd Leisure on Darenth Road, Kent. Free parking is available directly outside the clinic and disabled access is also provided. Open until 8pm, the clinic offers accessible and convenient appointments with some of the UK’s leading dermatologists.

0121 567 8111