A guide to understanding polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

W. Colin Duncan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the commonest endocrine disorder affecting women of reproductive age. Some 20% of women will have polycystic ovaries on an ultrasound scan and around 7% of women have the additional clinical or biochemical features of PCOS. As a complex multisystem disorder its background can be confusing to understand. They key feature, however, is an increased production of androgen by the ovaries. This review uses ovarian biology to describe a strategy to aid understanding and explanation of PCOS. This framework can be also be used to teach about PCOS and to inform different approaches to its management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • INSULIN-SENSITIZING DRUGS
  • BODY-MASS INDEX
  • LUTEINIZING-HORMONE
  • OVULATION INDUCTION
  • ANDROGEN EXCESS
  • WEIGHT-LOSS
  • IN-VITRO
  • WOMEN
  • METFORMIN
  • MANAGEMENT

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