Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: ‘How I got my life back after years of battling my weight and the horrible symptoms of PCOS’


One in 10 Irish women suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, an endocrinological disorder which causes an overproduction of male hormones that can wreak havoc with ovulation – making it difficult to conceive. Patricia Murphy meets two women who suffered with the condition for years, before a healthier diet and fitness regime all but abated their symptoms

Deirdre McAleer is treating her PCOS. Photo: Tom Conachy

Patricia Murphy

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that can toy with the future, place a lock upon fertility and set women on a parallel path to diabetes. In addition, the severity of its symptoms are hugely affected by weight. The endocrinological disorder, with which one in 10 Irish women struggle, causes an overproduction of male hormones and this can wreak havoc with ovulation, making it difficult to conceive.

However, the greatest threat to the health of someone with PCOS is their propensity to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.