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
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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
74
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Pain (20) Insomnia (12)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Anxious mood (20) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
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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)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (14) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Depressed mood (13) 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) (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea sometimes 12 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Balance problems 10 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (20) Insomnia (12)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 2 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Anxious mood (20) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness
How many evaluations
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 11 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Constant tiredness 5 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Fatigue 11 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal cramps Migraine headaches 5 more
How many evaluations
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Increased fatigue 1 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (14) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Dizziness 2 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (13) 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 7
20s 338
30s 696
40s 375
50s 102
60s 12
70+ 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

100% Female
0% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 668
20-29 years 300
30-39 years 67
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,224
Not Diagnosed 34

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