Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Our dietitians are able to provide counselling services for women who have been diagnosed with PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). We can assist you with healthy eating advice and lifestyle change.

What are polycystic ovaries?

Polycystic ovaries have lots of tiny little follicles on the ovary. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition characterised by a collection of symptoms.

Diagnosis of PCOS requires two of three characteristics:

  • Polycystic ovaries found on an ultrasound of the ovaries or with a laparoscopy operation.
  • Anovulation or lack of regular ovulation. This means that menstrual periods are irregular and often infrequent. When they do occur, they may be very heavy or painful.
  • Increased male hormone production (hyperandrogenaemia). This is usually first noticed by the effects of the male hormones on the skin such as acne, excess body hair or accelerated loss of body hair from the scalp.


Management of PCOS

There is no single treatment for PCOS. Long term, sustainable lifestyle changes including a healthy diet and regular exercise are vital. There are 3 key lifestyle changes recommended:

Manage your weight:
  • Aim for fat loss, not weight loss
  • No fad diets or quick fixes
  • Be patient and realistic

Move more - increase your physical activity.

Eat a healthy, balanced, low glycaemic index diet.


For an appointment with one of our Accredited Practising Dietitians, phone 08 8334 7200.



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    North Adelaide, South Australia,
    Australia, 5006
  • (08) 8227 1000

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