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
791
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
249
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Depo-Provera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
187

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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea dizziness 9 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
polycystic ovary syndrome (34)
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 (14)
Treatment name(s)

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

  • 15 new patients joined this month
  • 759 say PCOS is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 364
30s 945
40s 756
50s 257
60s 40
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 854
20-29 years 363
30-39 years 93
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 2389

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1633
Not Diagnosed 41

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