Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder affecting women. Generally, health websites say PCOS affects between 5-10% of the population. However, recent studies have shown that is is more likely one in five women – or over half a million Australian women of child-bearing age.
Symptoms can be embarrassing and deeply depressing. The best way of managing the syndrome is through permanent lifestyle changes – like daily exercise and a low G.I. diet – as well as medication.
For most patients, Insulin Resistance is the underlying cause of PCOS. Yet, many doctors are unaware of the link and fail to conduct tests to test their patients for this crucial information.
You will have come to this website because you are looking for answers and support. You may be newly diagnosed and wanting to know that you are not alone or perhaps are looking for more information about how you can manage PCOS better. You have come to the right place - this site has been created by cysters for cysters and is the home and heart of POSAA.
POSAA is the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association of Australia Inc, the leading support group and advocacy group for women and teenagers with PCOS.
The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association of Australia Inc (POSAA) was formed in 1998, by a group of Aussie women who found each other on an American-based PCOS website.
POSAA is a ‘self-help’ association for women with PCOS and those who suspect they have it. The Association brings together sufferers, their families and friends, and medical professionals interested in supporting the group and PCOS patients.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also referred to as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and PCOS for short, is a hormonal disorder. Sometimes PCOS is described as an ‘endocrine’ disorder, it’s the same thing. Overseas research suggests its affects between 5 and 10% of all women of childbearing age regardless of race or nationality.
Unfortunately, many GPs are relatively unfamiliar with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which can also be known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, (PCOS) and appropriate diagnosis and management of the condition. In many cases, you, as a patient, will know more about the condition that your doctor.