This is a common hormonal imbalance which may cause a variety of problems.
PCOS is so called because scans of the ovaries show that they contain many small cysts a few mm in diameter. This does NOT mean that you have an “ovarian cyst”, which is a completely different problem. In fact polycystic ovaries are just the most obvious part of an imbalance in the production of several hormones from the ovaries, adrenal glands and the pituitary gland and levels of insulin the body.
People with this condition may complain of some or all of a number of symptoms including:
PCOS is very common. Surveys have shown that perhaps a quarter of normal women, including most of those with a mild excess of facial hair and many of those with slightly irregular periods, suffer from a mild version of the condition.
A high level of the pituitary hormone Prolactin known as “Hyperprolactinaemia” is the commonest type of overactivity of the pituitary gland. This is often due to a benign pituitary tumour known as a Prolactinoma.
Too much prolactin in the blood may cause the following problem: