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Explore insights on PCOS, which impacts 1 in 10 women. Fempower Health’s resources from today’s experts provide information on symptoms, treatment options, and management strategies for polycystic ovary syndrome.

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Affecting about 1 in 10 women, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a reproductive hormone imbalance that can cause problems in the ovaries. In a healthy menstrual cycle, the ovaries produce the egg that is released each month. With PCOS, however, the body creates excess androgens (male sex hormones), preventing the egg from developing or releasing as it should during ovulation.

Sometimes, cyst-like follicles grow in or around the ovaries in patients with PCOS. Although the name (“cystic”) implies the presence of cysts, not all women diagnosed with PCOS have them. Similarly, the presence of ovarian cysts alone does not automatically mean someone has PCOS.

What Specialist is Best for PCOS?

Given PCOS is a complex condition that requires further research in medicine today, it is important to have the right team during treatment. PCOS specialists often suggest seeking care from:

Doctor (Typically an Endocrinologist):

Helps you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. After diagnosis, searching “PCOS specialist near me” might direct you to someone who understands this process.

Nutritionist/Dietitian (Who Works with PCOS Patients):

Ensures you are on a proper “PCOS diet” to manage symptoms, as nutrition and food sensitivities can impact severity.

Mental Health Professional:

Supports you through the mental health impact many face with PCOS, since hormones and physical symptoms can bring up feelings of distress.


If you suffer from hirsutism (excess hair growth), your dermatologist can provide suggestions and support.

“Although it cannot be cured, PCOS symptoms can be managed. A lot of women pull through and find ways to experience little to no symptoms, as long as they find a treatment that works for them.”

- Dr. Fiona McCulloch

Expert Interviews

Empowering PCOS Journey: Insights & Strategies for Women's Health​

Listen to the Fempower Health Podcast episodes focused on the reality of PCOS. Listen to medical experts discuss the latest research on PCOS and hear women’s personal stories on managing their condition. Uncover the complexities of PCOS including symptom management, natural PCOS treatment, fertility, hormonal imbalance, and self-care practices. Empower yourself with knowledge, find PCOS support, and learn practical strategies to navigate PCOS with confidence. Tune in now and embrace your unique journey to holistic well-being.

The Chronic Conditions Bookshop

Empower yourself with Fempower Health's book recommendations for chronic conditions including polycystic ovarian syndrome. Our expert selection also covers endometriosis, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, pain management, and more.



by Dr. Fiona McCulloch


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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can dramatically affect a woman's hormones and health. Explore the signs of pcos, find helpful resources, and gain community support on the Fempower Health blog.

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