Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Gynaecology

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Abstract

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition affecting 6-7% of the female population. The key clinical features are hyperandrogenism (hirsutism, acne, male-pattern hair loss) and menstrual irregularity with associated anovulatory infertility. 40-50% of women with PCOS are overweight. Insulin resistance is seen in 10-15% of slim and 20-40% of obese women with the disorder and all women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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