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Experts clarify conflicting criteria for diagnosing polycystic ovary syndrome
Date:10/24/2013

g immature eggs in the ovaries, which is called polycystic ovaries.

Other recommendations from the CPG include:

  • Because women with PCOS face an increased risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preterm delivery and preeclampsia that can be exacerbated by obesity, women should have their body mass index, blood pressure and oral glucose tolerance assessed prior to conceiving;

  • Following diagnosis, women with PCOS should be examined for skin and hair complications including excess hair growth and acne;

  • Although women with PCOS have some of the same risk factors associated with the development of endometrial cancer, they should not routinely undergo ultrasound screening for endometrial thickness;

  • To gauge metabolic risk, adolescents and adult women with PCOS should be screened for increased obesity using body mass index and waist circumference measurements;

  • Clinicians should give adolescents and adult women with PCOS an oral glucose tolerance test to check for type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance because they are at increased risk of these conditions; and

  • Initial treatment of type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance in women with PCOS should be diet and exercise, with metformin as a second-line therapy.


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