PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder of reproductive-age women and the most common problem we care for. It affects approximately 5 percent of the population or one in twenty women. Despite this, PCOS remains largely unknown, even by the women who have the syndrome. PCOS is characterized by irregular menstrual periods, unwanted hair growth, being overweight (in more than half of the cases), difficulty in becoming pregnant, oily skin and/or acne.
Doctors Williams, Bateman and Smith are the regional specialists in the care of patients with PCOS. They also have a research interest with PCOS. Dr. Williams has been involved with PCOS research on Clomid and Metformin, the role of acupuncture in PCOS and sexual dysfunction related to PCOS.
The name “polycystic ovaries” is somewhat of a misnomer and a nonspecific term. Women with PCOS have enlarged ovaries with tiny asymptomatic cysts seen on ultrasound. It is true that 25 percent of normal women have ovaries that appear polycystic in ultrasound appearance, so the diagnosis cannot be made by ultrasound appearance alone.