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

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Treatments taken by people for 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
820
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
264
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
196

Data from patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea decreased appetite 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout constipation 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has polycystic ovary syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 837 say PCOS is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 292
30s 954
40s 847
50s 348
60s 68
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 866
20-29 years 371
30-39 years 95
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13
Female 2527

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1660
Not Diagnosed 41

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