Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects about one in 10 women. This condition is associated with increased levels of two hormones in the body – insulin and androgens (male-type hormones) – that cause symptoms such as irregular periods, excessive facial and body hair, pimples, weight gain. It may also increase the risk of developing a range of health conditions. PCOS is more common in some high-risk groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Learn more about PCOS symptoms, causes, health risks and treatments. Plus practical ways to improve your physical health and emotional wellbeing.