Date: 24 April 2017

Mr John Butler, Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon at The London Clinic, speaks to Cosmopolitan Magazine about how diet and exercise can help improve the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); a condition that affects 5 to 10% of women. His interview feature can be read here.

Mr Butler advises that women who are overweight (BMI of over 25) and have PCOS can improve their symptoms significantly even with a small reduction in weight. Women with PCOS should try to focus on ‘being healthy’ as this can help women later on in life, pre-menopause and before and during pregnancy.

Mr Butler explains that it important to distinguish between having PCOS and having polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries (PCO) refers to the appearance of multiple cysts on the ovaries, which is common and normal. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition affecting some women with PCO who may have symptoms such as irregular periods, excess hair growth, weight gain and skin changes including acne.

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