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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic  Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)  is a hormone problem that occurs in 5 - 10% of women and can cause

  • Irregular periods
  • Extra hair on face and body
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty getting pregnant.

Why is this condition important?

If untreated, PCOS can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer of the uterus.

How can I find out if I have PCOS?

Diagnosis of PCOS requires a thorough medical history, a physical exam, and blood tests.  These can be done at the Student Health Center by providers in Primary Care or in Women's Services.

How is PCOS treated?

Regular exercise and healthy eating can control the symptoms of PCOS.  Medications can also correct the hormone imbalance and regulate periods.

How can I find out more about PCOS?

  • Excellent links for additional information about PCOS: www.womenshealth.gov, www.youngwomenshealth.org
  • Attached documents - to the right
  • Nutrition counseling available at the Student Health Center (292-4321), Counseling and Consultation (292-5766), and the Student Wellness Center (swc.osu.edu)
  • Education and Support Group for Overweight Women - for more information contact Holly Davis ( davis.4632@sou.edu) or Counseling and Consultation Services (614-292-5766).