A fisherman on the island of Fisher Island, New Zealand, says he has been told for five decades that he has a genetic disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can cause severe weight loss and fertility problems.
But since January, he has not received any news about it.
The 61-year-old said he was in a relationship when he began having symptoms in 2008.
The symptoms include weight loss, irregular periods, irregular bowel movements and high blood pressure, according to the New Zealand Medical Association.
“It is hard to say exactly why I started having symptoms,” he told the Associated Press in an interview.
“I think I had a thyroid disorder and my doctor said that I was over the age of 50.
He did not explain to me what the condition was.”
In February, the New York Times reported that polycystis is a condition that affects about 1.5 million women worldwide.
The New Zealand Association of Medical Practitioners, the body that represents New Zealand’s medical professionals, said polycysts were among the “commonest and most serious” conditions in the country.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome can affect anywhere from two to 20 percent of women, and it can be treated, but is more common in women of childbearing age.
The condition affects the body’s ovaries, leading to abnormal growth of a small, round structure in the ovaries.
Polycesis is the body building up of the follicle and follicle lining, the cells lining the outside of the ovary.
The lining of the body can be damaged and the follicles may not form properly.
In some cases, the condition may lead to infertility, the medical association said.
It’s unclear how many women have polycesis and how many men do not have it.
Doctors can treat the condition through surgery or with a hormone medication.
Poly cysts are common in men and can be difficult to treat.
In many cases, polycystrophy occurs because the body does not have enough cells to make estrogen or progesterone, the two hormones that control ovulation and the production of sperm.
This can lead to decreased fertility, according the New South Wales Health Department.
The department said poly cysts often can be prevented by having a healthy diet and exercise.
Polycisis is usually caused by a problem in the pituitary gland, which releases estrogen in the body and stimulates the production and release of progesterones.
But in some cases it can lead the ovarian glands to secrete more progesteron, which can lead a woman to experience polycysteinaemia, the association said in a news release.
Doctors cannot cure polyceses in women.
It can take up to six months for symptoms to resolve.
It is a serious condition that requires specialist medical care and can require surgery or hormone therapy.
Polycepsis is treated with steroids and medication.