There is a high incidence of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in the Middle East/GCC region mainly due to hereditary and ethnic influences. Approximately up to 20-25% of women in the GCC of Middle Eastern and South Asian ethnicity suffer from PCOS. Experts believe that cases can reach 30% or even higher in the subfertility population in the region. The Obs Gyne Conference aims to tackle the different challenges, treatments and share the latest updates concerning the management of PCOS.
PCOS is the most common endocrine abnormality in women of reproductive age worldwide. It is a genetic disorder. It is an unavoidable disease but can be managed at any age depending on the patient’s needs and expectations at the time.
“PCOS can present in any age especially after weight gain, but can also first present in young adolescent girls. The symptoms associated with this condition vary, but may include some of the following: irregular or absent menstrual periods, hirsutism (increased hair growth), alopecia (female pattern baldness), oily skin & acne, weight related issues, and infertility or difficulty in getting pregnant,” says Dr Salem El Shawarby, Consultant & UK Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine/ IVF, Director of Corniche Fertility Centre, Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE.