PCOS UK guideline

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine condition, often first emerging during puberty, with features including hyperandrogenism (oligomenorrhoea, hirsutism and acne), ovulation disorders and polycystic ovarian morphology. PCOS varies in symptom severity between people and over time. Around 1 in 10 women are affected by PCOS, which is associated with significant complications including metabolic disorders (increased rates of insulin resistance), cardiovascular disease, infertility and higher rates of pregnancy complications, psychological disorders, and obstructive sleep apnoea.

This Guidelines summary contains recommendations for diagnosing and treating PCOS, when to refer to specialist services, and symptom-specific management of obesity, menstrual abnormalities, and fertility issues. It contains a table for investigating PCOS, with types of test and normal ranges.

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