PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

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What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)?

A complex disorder characterized by the presence of multiple cysts on the ovaries, irregular or no menstrual periods and regularly associated with excessive amounts of body hair (hirsuitism), excessive body weight, infertility and insulin resistance.

Common symptoms reported by people with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (20) Insomnia (15)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (20) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Depressed mood (22) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (20)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Anxious mood (4)

Data from patients with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 11 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dry mouth 8 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (20) Insomnia (15)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dry mouth
How many evaluations
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 2 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (20) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Constant tiredness 8 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (22) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) 13 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 15 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (20)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal cramps Irritability 2 more
How many evaluations
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Fatigue 12 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Anxious mood (4)

Data from patients with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 12
20s 319
30s 526
40s 297
50s 71
60s 9
70+ 1

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

100% Females
0% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 530
20-29 years 240
30-39 years 55
40-49 years 10
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 990
Not Diagnosed 26

These charts show data from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) patients who have completed their condition history
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