Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder characterized by hyperandrogenism, ovulatory dysfunction, and polycystic ovaries. Its etiology remains unknown, and treatment is largely symptom based and empirical. PCOS has the potential to cause substantial metabolic sequelae, including an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and these factors should be considered when determining long-term treatment. The purpose of this document is to examine the best available evidence for the diagnosis and clinical management of PCOS.
Number 194, June 2018 (Replaces Practice Bulletin Number 108, October 2009)
Committee on Practice Bulletins—Gynecology. This Practice Bulletin was developed by the ACOG Committee on Practice Bulletins—Gynecology in collaboration with Richard S. Legro, MD.
INTERIM UPDATE: This Practice Bulletin is updated as highlighted to reflect recent evidence on the use of letrozole for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
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