Doctor Q&A: I'm worried I've lost my baby dreams

‘My doctor has diagnosed me with polycystic ovaries. I have read a lot on the internet about them causing problems in women trying to conceive and, as I’m 35 and now thinking about starting a family, I’m very worried. I’m scared to tell my husband because we both so want a family.’

Carol, 31, Worthing

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 1 in 10 women and can affect how your ovaries work.

The main symptoms are irregular periods, excessive hair growth and weight gain.

The main long term issues are a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and fertility problems.

Do not despair though, as all of these can be monitored and treated with medication including fertility problems. You can also help reduce any problems by loosing weight if you are overweight.

Dr Radha Modgil

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