Polycystic ovary syndrome: your all-you-need-to-know guide

Written by: Mr Mahantesh Karoshi
Published: | Updated: 01/08/2023
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that many women suffer from in and around their prime reproductive age.


On hand to explain more about the condition is esteemed women’s health expert, Mr Mahantesh Karoshi, who, in our latest informative article, explains what polycystic ovary syndrome is in more detail, and outlines the most effective treatment options available to women suffering from the condition. 

What exactly is polycystic ovary syndrome?


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a multifactorial disorder that affects both the endocrine and reproductive systems of women, affecting between six to ten per cent of women who are at the reproductive age.


Can hormonal birth control medicine help this disorder?


Even though hormonal birth control pills work excellently in terms of controlling the imbalance caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, they are, unfortunately, not side-effect-free, and can potentially lead to a handful of different complications.


What are the main side effects of hormonal birth control medication?


There are, as mentioned above, quite a few side effects as a direct result of taking hormonal birth control medication. The main side effects are perceived anxiety about hormonal exposure, feeling bloated, discomfort, and weight gain. Of course, it is important to stress here that each patient is different and thus may or may not suffer from the outlined side effects.


What are the most effective treatment-related medications for polycystic ovary syndrome?


Currently, certain nutraceuticals such as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), vitamin E, vitamin D, inositols, and in particular myo-inositol (MI), have received plenty of public attention owing to their potential benefits in improving insulin resistance and further bettering the endocrine and metabolic disorders for the overall effective management of polycystic ovary syndrome.


How can testosterone levels be lowered?


Both CoQ10 and vitamin E work wonders when it comes to lowering testosterone levels in women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.


In terms of improving polycystic ovary syndrome sufferers' metabolism, what is the most effective treatment option available to women?


CoQ10, given for a minimum treatment period of eight weeks, is beneficial in improving the metabolism of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome.


Mr Mahantesh Karoshi is a highly experienced and extremely well-regarded London-based women’s health specialist. Book a consultation with him today via his Top Doctors profile.

By Mr Mahantesh Karoshi
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Mr Mahantesh Karoshi is a London-based women’s health expert and consultant gynaecologist, with a special interest in ovarian cysts, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, fibroids, and adenomyosis. He is currently one of the most highly-rated gynaecologists in London with a very good reputation amongst his patients and peers.

Mr Karoshi's work is recognised internationally, having volunteered in Ethiopia’s Gimbie Hospital, and later receiving the Bernhard Baron Travelling Fellowship from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which led to his work in the University of Buenos Aires. Here he worked on the techniques needed to surgically manage morbidly adherent placental disorders - a serious condition that can occur in women with multiple caesarean sections.

He believes in an open doctor-patient relationship, being sure to include the patient and educating them so that they understand their condition better and they can be directly involved in their care and management at every stage. Aside from his clinical work, he is actively involved in research, which together with his experience, has given him the opportunity to publish the first stand-alone textbook on postpartum haemorrhage which was launched by HRH Princess Anne.

At the core of Mr Karoshi's practice is a high standard of professionalism where patients are involved in their treatment and where the latest techniques and advancements are used to provide an extremely high level of care.

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