• Women with this disorder have higher rates of anxiety and depression than women without the syndrome.
  • Worldwide, PCOS affects 6% to 10% of women, making it the most common endocrinopathy in women of childbearing age.
  • Elevated insulin or insulin resistance are not part of the diagnostic criteria for this disorder but are seen in the majority of women with PCOS.

 

  • The diagnotic criteria for this disorder states that a women has this disorder if she has at least 2 of the following 3 criteria: a. Irregular or absent periods, b. blood tests or physical signs that show high Androgens, c. Polycystic ovaries
  • The United States spends an estimated $4 billion annually to identify and manage this disorder.
  • Women with PCOS are at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea due to the influence of Androgens affecting sleep receptors in the brain.
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