Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disturbance, affecting 10-15% of women in the UK. The definition of PCOS has been much debated, while its pathophysiology appears to be multifactorial and is still being actively researched. There is no doubt that PCOS has a significant effect on quality of life and psychological morbidity and, as many specialists are involved in its management, a multidisciplinary approach is required. The 59th RCOG Study Group brought together a range of experts who treat women with PCOS. Current Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome presents the findings of the Study Group, including:
- A definition of PCOS
- The accuracy of diagnostic interventions
- The particular challenges of adolescent diagnosis and management
- The correlation to ethnicity
- Current approaches to therapy
- The potential individualisation of therapy
- The role of the alternative therapies used to manage some aspects of PCOS.
About the Author
Adam Balen is a Consultant (Professor of Reproductive Medicine) at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.
Stephen Franks is a Professor at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
Roy Homburg consults in the UK, as Head of Research at the Homerton Fertility Centre, Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, London, in Israel, as the National Advisor on Fertility for Maccabi Medical Services, and as a Consultant at Barzilai Medical Centre, Ashkelon.
Sean Kehoe works as a Consultant at Churchill Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.