It is one of the most common endocrine diseases affecting 6 to 10 % of childbearing age women. It can be a complex hormonal and metabolic condition.
The symptoms of PCOS are usually present at puberty, but it may take many years before patients are correctly diagnosed. Diagnosing PCOS can be tricky because not all women will have the same symptoms. The name ‘polycystic’ suggests you might have multiple ‘cysts’ on your ovaries.
There is no wrong or the right amount of time to wait before seeing your doctor, but a lot will depend on your age and personal circumstances. Suppose you are a couple under 30 years of age and have no reason to suspect problems (like previous surgery or irregular periods). In that case, it is reasonable to try for a couple of years before seeking help. Women over 30 have been trying for 1 year, and after 35 years, if she is trying for more than 6 months without a result would be advised to seek help earlier.