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Female doctor in Durban

Dr H Ganesen( MBCHB, MMed Fam Med) 

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is becoming more common in younger females.  Up to 1 in 20 women of childbearing age have PCOS and it can occur in girls as young as 11 years old.

The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Infertility
  • Acne
  • Infrequent or absent periods.  Periods, when they do occur, are painful and heavy with bleeding in clots
  • Hirsutism increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
  • Truncal obesity: Weight gain is usually around the waist. 
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • Acanthosis nigrans :Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
  • Skin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
  • Pelvic pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sleep apnea — when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep

The following video is an excellent overview of PCOS