Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome

Australian experts have developed the world's first accessible evidence-based guideline for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition with reproductive, metabolic and mental health impacts. PCOS affects 12-21% of reproductive aged women in Australia, yet up to 70% of women with PCOS remain undiagnosed.

The Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome provides 38 recommendations addressing four key areas:

* challenges of assessment and diagnosis
* assessment of emotional wellbeing
* lifestyle management
* fertility

Importantly, the guideline also addresses the long-term complications of PCOS including increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression and anxiety.

Press release

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