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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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
67
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Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (22) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Anxious mood (19) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Insomnia (12) Anxious mood (1)

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) (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 9 more
How many evaluations
33
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Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dry mouth 1 more
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 12 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (22) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 2 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Anxious mood (19) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Difficulty waking up 2 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Fatigue 11 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Antidepressant withdrawal syndrome 7 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Constant tiredness Excessive sweating 3 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Migraine headaches Abdominal cramps 5 more
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Sleep problems
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (12) Anxious mood (1)

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 9
20s 352
30s 738
40s 413
50s 116
60s 14
70+ 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

100% Female
0% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 721
20-29 years 304
30-39 years 71
40-49 years 10
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,292
Not Diagnosed 37

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