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Polycystic ovary syndrome can start at what age?

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Dr. Marc Fritz
Fertility Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Teens and early 20s

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common hormone disorder in women.
Its most common features are irregular/infrequent menstrual periods and excess male-like hormone (androgen) production, which causes abnormal hair growth (primarily on the face, neck, chest, and lower abdomen). Typically, it first becomes apparent during the teens and early 20's.

In brief: Teens and early 20s

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common hormone disorder in women.
Its most common features are irregular/infrequent menstrual periods and excess male-like hormone (androgen) production, which causes abnormal hair growth (primarily on the face, neck, chest, and lower abdomen). Typically, it first becomes apparent during the teens and early 20's.
Dr. Marc Fritz
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Once menstruating

Because pcos involves irregular menstrual cycles, this can be diagnosed in young girls who have already started having periods.
Occasionally, pcos presents in girls who should be menstruating, but haven't started yet because they already have this.

In brief: Once menstruating

Because pcos involves irregular menstrual cycles, this can be diagnosed in young girls who have already started having periods.
Occasionally, pcos presents in girls who should be menstruating, but haven't started yet because they already have this.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Onset of adrenarche

That is a good question that there is no clear answer to.
Typically, pcos is defined as a medical disorder affecting females with established menses given that a key component of its diagnostic criteria is irregular menses, however, this notion has been challenged by a recent study that looked at girls as young as 9yrs who had features of pcos yet did not start their menses (of which av age is 12).

In brief: Onset of adrenarche

That is a good question that there is no clear answer to.
Typically, pcos is defined as a medical disorder affecting females with established menses given that a key component of its diagnostic criteria is irregular menses, however, this notion has been challenged by a recent study that looked at girls as young as 9yrs who had features of pcos yet did not start their menses (of which av age is 12).
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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