Andrology & Gynecology: Current ResearchISSN: 2327-4360

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Research Article, Androl Gynecol Curr Res Vol: 3 Issue: 1

PCOS from Conception to Menopause: A Review of Our Current Understanding

Leah Whigham1, Michelle Durrant2, Jerome L Yaklic2 and Steven R Lindheim2*
1Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, 500 W. University Ave, El Paso, TX, 79968, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 45409, USA
Corresponding author : Steven R Lindheim
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Received: August 07, 2014 Accepted: December 17, 2014 Published: December 29, 2014
Citation: Leah Whigham, Michelle Durrant, Jerome L Yaklic, Steven R Lindheim (2014) PCOS from Conception to Menopause: A Review of Our Current Understanding. Androl Gynecol: Curr Res 3:1. doi:10.4172/2327-4360.1000133


PCOS from Conception to Menopause: A Review of Our Current Understanding

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) appears to be a part of a lifelong continuum starting in utero, with progressive signs in the adolescent female. It is recognized as the most common endocrinopathy in reproductive age women, and may have sequelae in the menopausal PCOS woman. PCOS is a disorder characterized by hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation affecting at least 1 in 15 women or approximately 6-7% of reproductive age women. Metabolic and health complications associated with PCOS include obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endometrial cancer, sleep apnea, inflammation, and infertility.

Keywords: PCOS; Hirsutism; Hyperandrogenism; Oligomenorrhea; Anti-Mullerian Hormone

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