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Forum: Trying to Conceive With PCOS


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July 29th, 2005, 04:05 PM
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Not all patients have all of the symptoms of PCOS. Hirsutism (90%), menstrual irregularities (90%) and infertility (75%) are the most common. Polycystic ovaries can be seen on ultrasound in many (84%). Excessive weight is commonly seen but not exclusive (50%). Insulin resistance is a rather newly found problem (up to 30%). Insulin resistance can be so serious in some patients that Type 2 (adult-type) diabetes has been found in up to 7% of PCOS patients.

How common is PCOS? Much work has been and continues to be done in this area. The answer may depend on many factors, including how it's diagnosed or who is being diagnosed. If ultrasound is the only way used, over 20% of all women have polycystic ovaries. If only irregular periods are used about 10% have PCOS. Ethnicity plays a major role: Caucasians and African-American women have a 4% incidence, but certain Native American groups have an over 20% incidence. Greek women (9%) and perhaps certain Latino groups have a higher incidence. These facts lead many researchers to suggest that PCOS may be an inherited problem in some women. Insulin resistance appears to be inherited too.
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