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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Synonyms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • anovulation with hyperandrogenism
  • Bilateral Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Ovarian Hyperthecosis
  • Ovarian Syndrome
  • PCOS
  • Polycystic Bilateral Ovarian Syndrome
  • POS
  • Sclerocystic Ovarian Disease
  • Stein-Leventhal Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects women and is a complex of symptoms that are not necessarily all present in all cases. Some, but not all, affected women have multiple cysts on the ovaries (polycystic ovaries). Other characteristics include the absence of menstruation (amenorrhea) or irregular menstruation, failure of the ovary to release eggs (anovulation), elevated levels of the male hormones known as androgens (hyperandrogenism), excessive amounts of body hair (hirsutism), a high rate of miscarriage, and infertility. Three criteria often used for a diagnosis are menstrual irregularity, hyperandrogenism, and exclusion of other disease. There is some evidence that PCOS is an inherited condition.

    Organizations related to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Trust (New Zealand)
      PO Box 29-545
      Christchurch None 8005
      Phone #: +64- 3 -3584 507
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: CAHNZ@snap.net.nz
      Home page: N/A
    • Hormone Foundation
      8401 Connecticut Ave
      Chevy Chase MD 20815
      Phone #: --
      800 #: 800-467-6663
      e-mail: hormone@endo-society.org
      Home page: http://www.hormone.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      31 Center Dr
      Bethesda MD 20892
      Phone #: 301-496-5133
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
    • National Women's Health Network
      514 10th Street NW
      Washington D.C. 20004
      Phone #: 202-628-7814
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nwhn@nwhn.org
      Home page: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org
    • OBGYN.net: The Obstetrics & Gynecology Network
      Web Site on the Internet
      None None None
      Phone #: --
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@obgyn.net
      Home page: http://www.obgyn.net
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association
      PO Box 3403
      Engelwood CO 80111
      Phone #: --
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@pcosupport.org
      Home page: http://www.pcosupport.org



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