Bay Medical Center, Florida
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Gynecol Obstet
Understanding PCOS as a complex hormonal and metabolic disease reaching epidemic proportions. Up to 26.7 percent of young women have PCOS, however, up to 70% of these women have not been diagnosed. It is well known that females with PCOS have a disruption in their hormone production which can prevent them from maintaining viable pregnancies. It is also widely understood that these women can have problems with unwanted hair growth/loss, acne and missed periods. However, many physicians are not aware of the less discussed sequelae of this disease: cancer (breast, ovarian and endometrial), diabetes and depression (at times debilitating). It is imperative that health care providers are much more aggressive about finding, diagnosing and treating their patients with PCOS but to do so they must first understand how detrimental this disorder is to the wellbeing of their patients. I would like to take this opportunity to educate physicians: 1. On the complexity of the disease itself. How it not only affects the ovaries but also adrenals, thyroid, liver, colon, pancreas, and brain. 2. On how to identify high-risk patients. 3. On how to optimally treat patients based on peer-reviewed studies addressing all sequela of the disease.
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