What Is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)?


PCOS is a condition that influences the hormone levels in women and can cause acne, weight gain, hyperpigmentation and excess hair growth.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is very common and is thought to affect at least 1 in 10 women in the UK. Many women are unaware of polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms, and up to 70 percent of women with PCOS have not been correctly diagnosed with the condition.

The exact cause of PCOS is not known but it is thought to run in families.

It's related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin.

Many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of insulin in their body and produce higher levels of insulin to overcome this.

This contributes to the increased production and activity of androgens- which are male hormones like testosterone.

The ovaries (the reproductive organs that produce the menstruation hormones estrogen and progesterone) are adversely affected by androgens and PCOS can develop.
PCOS is a "syndrome" it’s three main characteristics are:
  • Ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs
  • Excess androgen (male hormones), which can have physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
  • Irregular periods – ovaries do not regularly release eggs
The expression 'polycystic' means ' many cysts' – but in fact the follicles are not cysts. The follicles are underdeveloped sacs that are often unable to release the egg, so ovulation often does not occur.


What are Polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms?

  • Hair growth: Excess hair growth can occur in women with PCOS across their back, stomachs, chests, and faces. The production of surplus hair is referred to as hirsutism.
  • Acne: Male hormones can make the skin oily and cause breakouts on the face, chest, and upper back.
  • Weight gain: Up to 80% of women suffering from PCOS are overweight or obese, the main cause of which is hormonal imbalance.
  • Hyperpigmentation Dark skin patches can form on the neck, groin, and under the breasts.

How can Dr Leah Clinic treat PCOS symptoms?

There is no cure for PCOS so clients with this condition often have to manage the symptoms, Dr Leah Clinics offer polycystic ovaries treatment to manage a range of symptoms:
  • Excess hair – Soprano ice laser hair removal is an effective polycystic ovary syndrome treatment for excess hair growth, Dr Leah Clinic offer a discount for clients with PCOS.
  • Acne – Blue Radiance Peel plus prescription skincare (Clenziderm) is effective for polycystic ovary syndrome treatment of acne
  • Hyperpigmentation – Obagi Nu-Derm is polycystic ovary syndrome treatment for hyperpigmentation
  • Excess weight – Fat freezing effectively treats weight gain associated with PCOS

Why Choose Dr Leah Clinics For Pcos Treatment?


Dr Leah Clinics PCOS scheme:

At Dr Leah Clinics we have a discount scheme for clients with PCOS for PCOS treatment as we understand that you may require long term treatment. Client with PCOS should email info@drleah.co.uk for more information on this.
To find out more about our treatment options for PCOS or to book a consultation with one of our doctors today:

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Commonly Asked Questions

Do The Symptoms Of Pcos Return After Treatment?

The exact cause of PCOS is unclear and therefore only symptomatic treatment options are available. Symptoms can re-appear after polycystic ovary syndrome treatment because we are not treating the underlying cause(es) of PCOS, this is why at Dr Leah Clinic we offer discount to clients with PCOS as they are likely to need lifelong treatment.

Where Can I Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Treatment/Pcos Treatment?

Polycystic ovary syndrome treatment options are available at our Essex and London Clinics.
*Results may vary from person to person