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
69
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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
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (18) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Insomnia (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
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Perceived effectiveness
for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 12 more
Total evaluations
39
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Fatigue 13 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (18) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Difficulty waking up 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Antidepressant withdrawal syndrome 9 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Constant tiredness 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) 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
Total evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Sleep problems
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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 13
20s 362
30s 757
40s 447
50s 125
60s 15
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 737
20-29 years 316
30-39 years 76
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 1,332
Not Diagnosed 38

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