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
52
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (52)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7)

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 (42 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Perceived effectiveness
for polycystic ovary syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
migraine headaches acne 8 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) antidepressant withdrawal syndrome 6 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision dizziness with hypotension upon standing 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) excessive dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog dry mouth 6 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (7) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
restless feeling in legs
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
  • 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 15
20s 389
30s 937
40s 673
50s 213
60s 35
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 832
20-29 years 358
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 11
Female 2270

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1603
Not Diagnosed 40

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