Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the menopause Factsheet
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects the way the ovaries work. Around 1 in 10 women are thought to have PCOS, which makes it the most common female hormone condition in the UK.
Although PCOS is often associated with people of reproductive age, it doesn’t automatically resolve when your periods stop and you reach the menopause. In fact, PCOS is a lifelong condition – and some symptoms of PCOS are similar to those experienced during the perimenopause. This overlap of symptoms can make PCOS harder to diagnose and manage during the perimenopause and menopause.