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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Published: 01/10/2009

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition which can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones and aspects of her appearance. It can also affect long-term health.

This information is about the effects of PCOS on your long-term health. It doesn’t cover specific treatment options for PCOS.

This guidance includes:

  • Symptoms of PCOS
  • Causes of PCOS
  • How PCOS is diagnosed
  • What PCOS could mean for your long-term health
  • How to reduce long-term health risks

This patient information leaflet is based on the RCOG clinical guideline Long-term Consequences of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used to produce this guidance.