Polycystic ovary syndrome

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What is 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 (hirsutism), excessive body weight, infertility and insulin resistance.

Common symptoms reported by people with polycystic ovary syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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 polycystic ovary syndrome

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

(Glucophage)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (15) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (14) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (12) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (9) Anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with polycystic ovary syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 11 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Difficulty waking up 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Antidepressant withdrawal syndrome 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Brain fog 11 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia Constant tiredness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (15) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Blurry vision 10 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (14) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Anxious mood (12) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Migraine headaches Abdominal cramps 5 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic) Suicidal thoughts or urges 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (9) Anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has polycystic ovary syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 367
30s 772
40s 463
50s 128
60s 16
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 748
20-29 years 325
30-39 years 77
40-49 years 12
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

100% Female
0% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,355
Not Diagnosed 38

These charts show data from PCOS patients who have completed their condition history
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