Talk more about PCOS
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PCOS affects 1 in 10 women in the UK. On average, it takes 2-3 doctors to diagnose PCOS. When most women are diagnosed with the condition they are handed a sheet printed offline and advised to do their own research, It took 4 doctors and 6 blood tests to diagnose me with PCOS, I was then sat down by my GP at 18 and in 5 minutes explained that I had PCOS (cysts in my Fallopian tubes) The nurse then printed off a sheet from the internet and advised me all the information that I needed was included on the form. It was there I read that I had a higher risk of ovarian cancer and more likely to develop diabetes. At 18 these two pieces of information alone were a lot to take in then as I got older and the thoughts of starting a family crossed my mind I was advised that nothing would be done until I am physically trying to conceive. This was hard to take as I am sure it is for other women. Many young women are reading these harsh stats online and not really getting accurate information and making ill advised health choices on top of this incorrect information. I feel that our health service has an obligation to explain in detail the health risks etc that comes with PCOS and make women and young ladies a proper opportunity to ask their GP questions and to make any follow up arrangements or to make/receive dietary advice etc. There are also no known support units in Northern Ireland for PCOS sufferers. This needs to change, PCOS is still a taboo subject but more and more women are being diagnosed.
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