Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
(PCOS; Stein Leventhal Syndrome; Polyfollicular Ovarian Appearance; Hyperandrogenic Anovulation; Polycystic Ovarian Disease; PCO; PCOD)
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- Family members with PCOS
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Amenorrhea —irregular menstrual periods or no menstrual period
- Dark patches of skin on neck, groin, and arm pit
- Hair loss
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hyperlipidemia —increased fat and cholesterol in the blood
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome —a combination of obesity, and elevated blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol, and increased tendency to blood clotting and inflammatory states
- Heart disease
- Endometrial hyperplasia—a precancerous condition marked by overgrowth and thickening of uterine lining
- Endometrial cancer
- Managing symptoms
- Weight loss if overweight
- Healthy eating
- Medications to improve insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, and prediabetes management
- Oral contraceptive
Inducing ovulation (if you want to get pregnant)
- Metformin or clomiphene citrate
- Advanced reproductive technologies
- Preventing complications
- Anti-androgenic medications for blocking future hirsutism (unwanted hair growth)
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association http://www.pcosupport.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 07/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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