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Managing polycystic ovary syndrome in primary care

Margaret Perry explains how nurses can manage this chronic condition

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a long-term chronic condition which begins in adolescence and has no cure. There are many symptoms associated with the condition with no two women presenting with the same clinical picture. Treatment centres on treating individual symptoms with the aim of improving quality of life, and preventing complications and long-term problems.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) falls under the umbrella of endocrine disorders and generally begins to begin to cause problems during puberty. Symptoms vary widely and may range in severity from mild to much more severe, causing considerable distress to those affected, impacting on the woman’s quality of life. Nurses may be approached by women suspecting they may have the condition or by those seeking advice following a diagnosis. This article therefore gives an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management and hopes to give nurses approached by patients more confidence in answering their questions.

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