PCOS Awareness and Early Intervention

Increased Funding Needed

  • Perspectives on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Research Underfunded? – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29092064
    • Our data suggest that PCOS research may be underfunded considering its prevalence, economic burden, metabolic morbidity, and negative impact on quality of life.

Cardiometabolic Dysfunction in PCOS

PCOS and Cancer Risk

Mental Health and Adolescent Specific PCOS Research

  • Health-related quality of life among adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22273414
  • Young women’s psychological distress after a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27412249
  • An exploration of the hypothesis that testosterone is implicated in the psychological functioning of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29317066
  • Suitability of the National Health Care Surveys to Examine Behavioral Health Services Associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. – Polycystic ovary syndrome and psychiatric disorders: Co-morbidity and heritability in a nationwide Swedish cohort – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27513883
    • Women with PCOS were still at a significantly increased risk for bulimia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depressive and anxiety disorders, personality disorders…Significantly higher [adjusted odds ratios] were found for autism spectrum disorders ASD in both brothers and sisters of women with PCOS, and for depressive, anxiety, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders in the sisters only…Attempted suicide were 40% higher in women with PCOS and 16% higher in their unaffected sisters. Elevated risk in their siblings suggests shared familial factors between PCOS and psychiatric disorders. This study is an important first step towards identifying the underlying mechanisms for risk of psychiatric disorders in women with PCOS. Health professionals treating women with PCOS should be aware that these patients – as well as their family members – are important targets for mental health care.

Environmental Factors/Endocrine Disruptors/Socioeconomic Factors

Ethnic Based Guidelines Needed/Health Disparity

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