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)

(Metformin ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (61)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (12) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
depressed mood (13) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (13) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more

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)

(Metformin ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (41 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 11 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (61)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) antidepressant withdrawal syndrome 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (12) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constant tiredness 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (13) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (13) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation itching 13 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
migraine headaches acne 8 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) increased anger 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
  • 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 376
30s 908
40s 610
50s 182
60s 27
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 814
20-29 years 347
30-39 years 89
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9
Female 2120

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1554
Not Diagnosed 41

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