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Can You Identify The Symptoms Of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

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How much do you know about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Unless you’ve been diagnosed, the answer is likely to be not very much.

This month is PCOS Awareness Month and new research has revealed that half of UK women can’t identify the main symptoms, despite its health risks.

The survey, conducted by Livi, the digital healthcare provider, asked 1,000 women about the most common signs of the hormonal condition.

The complex disorder causes elevated levels of sex hormones and affects 8-13% of women and people with uteruses globally. In the long term, it can lead to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and uterine cancer.

However, the majority of women don’t recognise potential symptoms of PCOS.

When asked to identify the signs, almost half failed to select irregular periods (47%) and around two-thirds didn’t pick excessive hair growth (63%) and weight gain (67%).

Acne is the least well-known PCOS symptom, with four out of five (80%) UK women not acknowledging it as a possible red flag.

Millennials (25-34-year-olds) are the least likely age group to know what to look for, despite most PCOS diagnoses happening when women are in their 20s or 30s.

The most common symptoms of PCOS........

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