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Verity, the UK charity for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) invites women with the condition to its PCOS conference

London, UK ---- Verity, the only national charity for women living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) invites women living with the condition to hear from expert speakers at its first PCOS conference for 2010.

The event is being held on Saturday, the 27th of March 2010 at the Hilton Hotel in Reading. There will be four sessions over the course of the day, which consist of a 45 minute presentation and then 30 minutes for question and answers with the speaker. The Q&A sessions are always a popular part of the day, as they give attendees the opportunity to ask a question relating to their individual needs and have it answered immediately by an expert in their field.

Women attending the conference will hear from four expert speakers, including Dr Helen Mason, one of Verity’s medical advisors and board member of PCOS UK, Verity’s medical education arm. The first session of the day will be from Dr Mason, a reader in Reproduction Endocrinology. Dr Mason will first explain the syndrome and then discuss the long term health risks associated with PCOS, which include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and endometrial cancer.

Dr Mason comments, “Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can leave women feeling confused and isolated. Being well-informed about the syndrome and the effects it has on your health and well-being is the first step to minimising those effects. Come along to Reading and learn what you can do for yourself, meet other women in the same position and find the answers to those difficult questions.”

Attendees will also hear from dietitian Caroline Heuberger, who has a special interest in PCOS. Caroline will talk through the role diet plays in the management of PCOS and the pros and cons of a low GI diet – helpful for all women with PCOS not just those that need to lose weight. After the lunch break, Dr Marilyn Glenville, a renowned nutritionist will be discussing the in’s and outs of complementary medicine and how it can be used to treat a range of PCOS symptoms.

The final speaker of the day, Chris Hart, founder of Cristianos Laser Clinic will be talking about excess hair, acne and acne scarring and what laser de-regulation means to those seeking treatment. Hart says, “Attending conference is vital not only to meeting and supporting other women who understand how you feel, but it gives a fantastic opportunity to direct access to the professionals who have a specific interest in PCOS. I believe information is key, and in my session I will endeavour to make sense of the different methods of hair removal, when they are suitable and when they are not and importantly how to tap into NHS funding for treatment.”

There will also be a raffle throughout the day to raise much needed funds for Verity. Donated prizes include:

• A weekend stay for two at the Hilton Hotel in Reading with breakfast and tickets to Windsor Castle
• Goodies from Peaceful Pleasures (Exhibitor)
• A voucher for Cristianos laser clinic (Speaker)
• A book by Marilyn Glenville (Speaker)

Delegate will also have an opportunity to speak with a range of exhibitors during the tea and lunch breaks, including Infertility Network UK (INUK), Jason Charles Jewellery, Cristianos Laser Clinic, Marilyn Glenville, PowerChange Fertility Coach, and Peaceful Pleasures who will be offering mini-manicures.

Interested persons can learn more about the event and register online by visiting the Verity Website at http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk/events.

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The spokesperson for Verity – The PCOS Self Help Group is Rachel Hawkes, the Chair and PR Manager. Press passes are available, for more information email media@verity-pcos.org.uk. Imagery of the speakers and the venue are available upon request.

Event details:

Where: Hilton Reading Hotel, RG2 0GQ
When: Saturday, 27 March 2010 from 09:30 to 16:10
Cost: £28 for Verity members and £32 for non-members and guests

Register on the Verity website at http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk/events

About PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a very common endocrine condition that affects millions of women in the UK (approximately 5-10%). Often referred to as the ‘thief of womanhood’ because of the devastating effect the symptoms can have on a woman’s appearance and self-esteem, PCOS is one of the leading causes of fertility problems in women. Women with PCOS are also at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease in later life.

Symptoms can include:

• irregular periods, or a complete lack of periods
• irregular ovulation, or no ovulation at all
• unwanted facial or body hair (hirsutism)
• oily skin, acne
• thinning hair or hair loss from the scalp (alopecia)
• weight problems – 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.

About Verity – The PCOS Self Help Group
http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk

Verity is the UK’s only charity for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and provides information and support for women with PCOS and their loved ones.

Verity runs twice yearly conferences where delegates get the chance to hear from some of the UK's foremost PCOS experts in addition to publishing a range of information booklets covering all aspects of the condition. In March and September every year, Verity publishes In Touch, a member newsletter full of the latest information and research on PCOS.

Through a very active discussion board and locally based support groups, Verity helps share the truth about PCOS and provides an outlet for women to give and receive valuable peer support and advice.

Verity also provides advocacy, awareness and education to the healthcare profession through PCOS UK, Verity’s medical education arm that was established in January 2005.

Verity was founded in 1997 and is run entirely by a team of volunteers.

Connect with Verity

Blog: blog.verity-pcos.org.uk
Forum: verity-pcos.org.uk/forum
Facebook: facebook.com/veritypcos
Twitter: twitter.com/veritypcos
YouTube: youtube.com/veritypcos

----Contact----

Verity – The PCOS Self Help Group

Rachel Hawkes
Chair & PR Manager

E: media@verity-pcos.org.uk
W: http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk

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