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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PSOC) is a condition that affects one in five women on child-bearing age. 

Polycystic ovaries are ovaries containing a large number of harmless cysts that are no bigger than 8mm each. 

Those who suffer with the condition may also experience a various symptoms including irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, and difficulty getting pregnant. 

For years, scientists struggled to determine a an exact cause of PCOS, but a new study published in Nature Medicine has shone a light on the issue. 

A team led by Paolo Giacobini at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research discovered discovered that levels of Müllerian hormone (AMH) were 30 per cent higher in pregnant women with PCOS than those without.

With a cause now more-or-less established, researchers are able to explore a whole range of opportunities with the hopes of finding a cure. 

Robert Normal, from the University of Adelaide, Australia, said: “It’s a radical new way of thinking about polycystic ovary syndrome and opens up a whole range of opportunities for further investigation.”




We put down irregular periods to many things.

Being stressed out at work. Having a bad diet. Being sick.

But, it turns out that a pretty common syndrome can be the cause of irregular periods, and you don't even know you have it.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, can cause your time of the month to be erratic, or in some cases, prevent the arrival of your period.

PCOS can't be diagnosed by just one simple test, but there are various signs and symptoms that could help you identify it.

As stated above, absent or irregular periods could be an indicator, as well as weight gain, acne, excessive hair and infertility.

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But don't be alarmed if you recognise some of these symptoms, because you're not suffering alone, and there are many ways to treat it.

Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine told Women's Health that between five and 10 percent of menstruating young women display symptoms of PCOS.

Another doc, Mamta Mamik, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told the publication that "one of the conundrums is whether or not you develop PCOS and then gain weight or gain weight and then develop PCOS. Probably, both can happen.”

If you are overweight, Mamta advises you to create a balanced diet and exercise plan for yourself.

“Weight loss really helps to normalise the abnormalities,” she says.

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She further explains that if you have any other symptoms, including infertility or diabetes, go straight to your doctor to get checked out.

Your ob-gyn can order blood tests to be carried out which can signal if you have an abnormal level of sex hormones in your body, or high levels of testosterone. 

If you think you have PCOS, Mamta assures that “in general, the treatment is quite straightforward."

If you're not trying to get pregnant, the contraceptive pill can be a great option as it controls the levels or hormones you produce, as well as controlling the outcome of your eggs.

However, if you do see a little baba running around in the near future,  your gynaecologist can give you medication called Clomid, which starts you ovulating. “Success rates are quite high," Mamta assures.

Everyone is different however, so if you believe you have PCOS, talk to your doctor or gyno, and they can advise the right course of action for you.


While they aren’t often talked about in a public way, the side effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can have a huge impact on those living with the condition.

But thanks to one brave Perth-based blogger, the realities of dealing with PCOS are finally being exposed in a very open, honest and powerful way.

After sharing her story of PCOS with parenting blogger Constance Hall, Tina-Marie Beznec’s very real account of this hormone-driven disorder has made her somewhat of a viral superstar.

After introducing herself as a sufferer of PCOS and listing a number of the condition’s far-reaching side effects, the fitness blogger decided to tackle the rather taboo topic of female facial hair head on.

Tina wrote:  “Hi my name is Tina and I have Polycystic ovary syndrome. As well as depression, anxiety, infertility, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, bloating, abdominal pains, acne, cysts, increased risk of cancer and everything else, a lot of woman including myself have to deal with facial hair.”

“Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!? I've always been super self conscious about it, but really just have to put this out there because I want create more awareness around this syndrome and how much it can impact someone's life especially if they don't know they have it.”

Tina – who previously lost over 36kg through clean eating and exercise after being diagnosed as morbidly obese – continued by encouraging people not to judge women who are overweight, have bald patches or possess facial hair.

Alongside pictures of her shaving her own face, Tina said: “You never know what a person is going through and it's unfair to put someone into the ‘lazy and unhealthy’ category without knowing their story.”

“I know it's only natural for some of us to judge someone based on how they look but remember we are all fighting our own battles and you can never understand if you aren't willing to learn and listen.”

The blogger’s powerful message finished by encouraging others with PCOS to seek help.

Tina’s post has since received a great deal of attention online with inspired women sharing their own stories of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the comment section.

So far Tina has responded by writing: “I’m just an average woman battling what 1/20 other women battle every day!  I may be hairy like a man but I’m still a queen.”