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Who is affected by polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is common, affecting as many as 1 in 15 women worldwide.1 Symptoms often begin at puberty or with menstruation. This condition lasts for a woman's lifetime. Although menopause may bring a close to both irregular menstrual cycles and fertility, other symptoms remain.

Citations

  1. Norman RJ, et al. (2007). Polycystic ovary syndrome. Lancet, (370)9588: 685-697.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Anne Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised January 28, 2010

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Last Updated: January 28, 2010
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