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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 20 February  2003
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Scan of tiny cysts, 2-8mm in diameter.  They often form a chain described as the 'string of pearls' sign.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Read the transcript of our webchat with Barbara's guest, Stephen Franks, Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology, Imperial College London.

There’s a condition which affects as many as one woman in ten. You may not know you have it. Some of the symptoms are vague, such as tiredness and depression. If untreated it causes despair and the break up of relationships.

On Check Up, the health phone-in, Barbara Myers will be taking your calls on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, known as PCOS. A medical expert in the studio will answer your questions. We also want your comments and advice for living with the syndrome.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the commonest reasons for infertility and can cause miscarriage. Other symptoms are facial hair and acne. There’s also a risk of heart disease.

The condition tends to run in families, so if you have it, your daughter may develop it in her teens. Many women go undiagnosed for many years. It’s often when they are trying to get pregnant they realise there is a problem. How easy is it to tell if you have the condition and what can be done?

There are drugs available but some women find the side effects unacceptable. What are they and are there alternative therapies that are less harsh?

Next week’s topic on Check Up is Osteopathy.

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