Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - patient information to assist informed consent

This patient education pamphlet provides treatment information on polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The topics discussed include: the symptoms, the diagnosis and long-term effects of PCOS, and the importance of lifestyle changes in managing the condition. Symptoms such as irregular periods, acne and hirsutism are discussed. The long-term effects of PCOS are also mentioned, including hypertension, infertility, type 2 diabetes and depression.

This leaflet can also be a useful tool for patients considering medical or surgical treatment of PCOS. Medical treatments described include: the contraceptive pill, an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) and anti-diabetic agents. Laparoscopic ovarian surgery (LOS) is described in detail to assist the informed-consent process for patients considering surgery. 

Other topics discussed in relation to PCOS are obstructive sleep apnoea, bariatric surgery and mental health.

PCOS and the available treatments are described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology patient information leaflets are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.