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Polycystic ovary syndrome: long-term consequences

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder that can lead to excess levels of androgens (male sex hormones such as testosterone) in the female body, and associated effects including irregular menstruation, hirsuitism and acne, but most significantly, infertility. Women with PCOS are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is important that general practice nurses, especially those with responsibilities in women’s health, understand the diagnostic features and possible consequences of PCOS.


After completing this resource, you should be better able to:

  • Diagnose PCOS in a general practice setting
  • Understand the causes and natural history of PCOS
  • Understand the potential complications of PCOS
  • Appreciate when to refer to a gynaecologist

Resource author: Dr Abdelmageed Abdelrahman, Trainee in obstetrics and gynaecology, Northern Ireland Deanery

Test author: Dr Raj Thakkar, GP, Buckinghamshire

This resource is provided at advanced level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.