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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
71
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (71)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
depressed mood (19) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
depressed mood (17) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (17) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11) 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 (42 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (71)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia constant tiredness 5 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
depressed mood (19) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) antidepressant withdrawal syndrome 9 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (17) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
allergic reaction brain fog 10 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems blurry vision 10 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (17) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
migraine headaches mood swings 9 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
addiction sleepiness
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (11) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
night sweats anxious mood 14 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (11) 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 13
20s 388
30s 837
40s 535
50s 140
60s 20
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 772
20-29 years 328
30-39 years 85
40-49 years 13
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 1,394
Not Diagnosed 39

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