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Living with polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS SymptomsSymptoms can vary a lot.

But common problems include weight gain, hair burberry outlet mens coat loss and thinning hair, excessive hair growth, acne, depression, irregular periods or lack of periods and problems getting burberry low price pregnant. Tiredness and low levels of energy are experienced by many women with the condition. This could be related to poor sleep patterns. Many women with PCOS have sleep apnoea when breathing stops burberry tote outlet for a period, often many times in each hour. This causes them to wake with a start. Lifestyle changes and fertility Fertility'PCOS has an adverse effect on fertility,' says Dr Thomas Stuttaford, a GP and urinary specialist for over 40 years. 'Women are more prone to miscarriages and at greater risk of diabetes in pregnancy,' he says. However, women with PCOS can often still have children if they manage the condition carefully. 'Jules Oliver visited a specialist and had fertility treatment,' says Rachel Hawkes, chair of PCOS charity Verity. 'Many can have children naturally although some don't ovulate regularly,' she says. If you or your GP suspects that you may have PCOS and are trying to conceive, they may refer you to a specialist who can determine with a blood borse burberry outlet test if you have PCOS and whether you need to treat it. An ultrasound scan will show if you have a chain of cysts and whether your ovaries are enlarged. Watch your weightManaging your weight properly can bring major benefits. 'Even losing 5 per cent of your weight can result in a significant improvement of PCOS,' says Dr Sarah Jarvis. The key things are to exercise regularly and keep to a balanced diet. Support group Verity advise women to steer clear of high fat foods, such as crisps and cakes, and trim excess fat by steaming, stewing and grilling lean meats. Also try to include high levels of fibre, such as wholegrains and wholewheat. De stressTechniques like meditation and breathing exercises can help to control stress, which worsens the symptoms of PCOS. These exercises can affect the cortisol levels and help calm your mind enabling you to focus your thoughts and block out other worries. Drug treatments and the latest breakthroughsProfessor William Ledger, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and head of unit at the University of Sheffield, explains the range of conventional treatments for PCOS. Professor Ledger adds that letrozole, originally given to women with breast cancer, has been used as an alternative to clomifene for the past year or two. Vaniqa cream can slow down the growth of unwanted hair, which can be a difficult symptom for women. It's available on prescription. Laparascopy and diathermy involve keyhole surgery where some tissue on the ovaries are destroyed, which stimulates regular ovulation. While there's a risk of internal scarring (10 to 20 per cent of patients), this procedure can be effective to induce ovulation where there had been problems conceiving.

Case Study: Rachel HawkesRachel Hawkes, 29, chair of PCOS charity Verity, says that her positive outlook has made all the difference to the way she copes with PCOS. 'Initially I was devastated when I was diagnosed,' says Rachel Hawkes. 'It was in 2005 when I was 24, I had gone to the GP to talk about my irregular cycles and had never heard of PCOS before, so when I was diagnosed and the doctor explained that it might be difficult for me to have children the bottom fell out of my world,' she says.

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