Conference for women with PCOS to be held in Manchester in October

Verity, the UK charity for women living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has announced registrations are now open for it’s annual patient conference


PCOSThe conference brings together some of the world’s top experts in PCOS to share the latest best practice in the management of the condition.

Verity is hosting the yearly one day event on Saturday the 18th of October at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester and will welcome more than 100 women from all around the UK and Europe.

Attendees of the 2014 conference will experience sessions on the key areas of PCOS such as fertility, weight loss and acne. Anoverview of the conference is as follows:

PCOS is part of my life, but it is not my life
A woman with PCOS will tell an inspiring five minute story of her journey to date living with PCOS

PATIENT STORY: A journey to diagnosis
A quick five minute talk from a lady with PCOS who gives her real life story of how she was diagnosed with PCOS

PCOS: What you need to know
This session will set the groundwork for the day, giving you an overview of PCOS and how it affects you on a daily basis

PATIENT STORY: My battle with acne
A PCOS lady will give her real life story about how acne has impacted her life

PCOS skin conditions
If you suffer with skin tags, acne, kerastosis and alopecia this presentation from a top dermatologist with a special interest in PCOS is a not to miss

PATIENT STORY: How I lost weight and gained control
A real life story from a patient who managed lost a significant amount of weight and helped get her PCOS under control

Practical steps for nutrition and weight loss
In this session you will learn practical, best practice advice, on how to lose weight with PCOS or if you are slim how you can use good nutritional advice to manage your symptoms

Understand your menstrual cycle
This session will take an indepth look at your menstrual cycle. What’s a normal cycle, what’s considered not normal? What can you do if you don’t menstruate regularly or what to do if you bleed constantly?

PATIENT STORY: My journey to motherhood
A mother with PCOS will give a frank five minute talk on her journey through fertility treatment to being a mother

PCOS and your fertility
If you are currently trying for a baby or are thinking about your future fertility then this session is a must attend. You will learn how your hormones impact ovulation and what treatment options can help you get pregnant

At a previous conference, Verity surveyed the room by asking them to write down one word at the start of the conference to sum up how they were feeling. They were asked to repeat the exercise again at the end of the conference, and the results were as follows:

Frustrated, unfeminine, hairy, moody, confused, unhappy, freak, abnormal, overwhelmed, isolation, infertility, trapped, anxious

Informed, not alone, empowered, reassured, positive, optimistic, hopeful, supported, happier, uplifted, inspired, educated, feminine

Women interested in attending the October conference in Manchester can register via the Verity website. Many bring along a loved one for additional support – partners are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The cost to attend is £35 for a Verity member and £45 for a non-member / guest.

About PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an incredibly common hormone condition found in women of all ages and affects approximately 1 in 10 women. It is the leading cause of infertility and:

• it affects millions of women in the UK and worldwide
• runs in families
• is one of the leading causes of fertility problems in women
• if not properly managed, can lead to additional health problems in later life
• can affect a woman’s appearance and self-esteem.

Although PCOS is treatable, it cannot be cured. PCOS affects women in different ways, so not all women will have all these symptoms. Some women may have only mild symptoms, while others may have a wider range of more severe symptoms.

Symptoms can include:
• irregular periods, or a complete lack of periods
• irregular ovulation, or no ovulation at all
• reduced fertility – difficulty becoming pregnant, recurrent miscarriage
• unwanted facial or body hair (hirsutism)
• oily skin, acne
• thinning hair or hair loss from the scalp (alopecia)
• weight problems – being overweight, rapid weight gain, difficulty losing weight
• depression and mood changes.

Symptoms usually start in adolescence, although some women do not develop them until their early to mid twenties. The condition has long-term health implications as women with PCOS may have an increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.