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New Clinical Guidelines for PCOS

Nov 1, 2013

Women with at least two of the three cardinal features of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) should be considered to have the disorder, according to clinical practice guidelines released by the Endocrine Society. The new guidelines endorse the Rotterdam criteria for diagnosing PCOS, which identifies excess androgen production, ovulatory dysfunction, and polycystic ovaries as the key diagnostic features of the disorder in adult women. A goal of the newly released clinical practice guidelines was to simplify diagnosis and treatment recommendations for PCOS, which affects about 5 million women in the U.S. and is a leading cause of infertility, according to the Endocrine Society guidelines scheduled for publication in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism