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
38
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (8) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)

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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea dizziness 10 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty thinking
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (8) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (4 evaluations)
Side effects
acne fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
antidepressant withdrawal syndrome decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (7) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision dizziness with hypotension upon standing 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
  • 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?

  • 7 new patients joined this month
  • 731 say PCOS is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 367
30s 945
40s 734
50s 247
60s 36
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 851
20-29 years 362
30-39 years 92
40-49 years 14
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 12
Female 2354

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1628
Not Diagnosed 41

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