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Women's health

Polycystic ovary syndrome: optimal management in general practice

NEGAR NADERPOOR, MELANIE GIBSON-HELM, SOULMAZ SHORAKAE, Anju Joham

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Abstract

Diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is often delayed, partially due to the diversity of presenting symptoms, resulting in frustration for patients. GPs play a vital role in the early diagnosis of PCOS and timely referral of patients, and in the prevention and management of long-term complications.

Article Extract

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a heterogeneous condition. Its prevalence depends on the study population and ethnicity and varies from 12% to 21% in women of reproductive age.1,2 Women with PCOS are at increased risk of reproductive and metabolic abnormalities, which can have a significant impact on mental health and quality of life. This review aims to help GPs diagnose and manage PCOS, screen for and manage complications, recognise the need for a multidisciplinary approach and identify indications for specialist referral.

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