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If you had to boil it down, what is polycystic ovarian disease?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Anovulation: Chronic anovulation in a premenopausal women typically manifests as multiple small ovarian follicular cysts - hence "poly"cystic ovarian disease. The ovaries are not the problem, the lack of pitutary gonadotropin cycle regulation, for whatever reason, is the cause.
Dr. Philip Ryan
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Hairy, infertile: Enlarged ovaries secondary to hyperinsulinemia. Insulin resistance, hirsuitism, frequent hyperlipidemia, infertility, increased risk for t2dm, ascvd.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What do you know about polycystic ovarian disease?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Insulin and ovaries: Pcos is a manifestation of Insulin resistance, which indicates pre-diabetes or diabetes 2.There are many derangments including those of adrenal androgen, a higher free testosterone, eradication of/or irregular cycles.Hirsuitism and acne increase with these androgens. A woman's cycle becomes annovulatory. Glucophage (metformin) is the preferred treatment of the problem. Clomiphene is used to help ovulation.
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How can you treat polycystic ovarian disease?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
DIET, EXERCISE: Weight loss when needed and a drug called metformin, in an attempt to lower Insulin levels.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for polycystic ovarian disease?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Bloodwork + sonogram: To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. Also need to "rule out" other causes of irregular cycles, acne, hair growth: thyroid, prolactin, adrenal gland issues. See OB or fertility md.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is polycystic ovarian disease like?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Yes: Pcos seems to be lifelong. It is a disorder characterized by menstrual irregularities, reversed ratio of fshto lh, elevated ovarian testosterone production, anovulation, Insulin resistance, higher risk of early uterine cancer, hirsutism and infertility. Weight is typically above normal & involves Insulin resistance & circulating testosterone levels.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What to do about polycystic ovarian disease (pcod)?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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PCOS: If you have been diagnosed with this you must follow up with your doctor. If your doctor is not a gynecologist ask for a referral to one. You can also go online and look up PCOS on Wikipedia.

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