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We understand that no two women are alike. At the Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center, we collaborate to diagnose your PCOS and create a treatment plan that’s as unique as you.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome a common endocrine disorder that affects more than 1 in 10 women worldwide. However, fewer than half of women with PCOS are diagnosed.

The Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Center can help you manage your PCOS symptoms and related health conditions. Our doctors understand that no two cases of PCOS are exactly alike, and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to meet your individual needs.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome creates a hormonal imbalance that affects your glands, including pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and pancreas. The syndrome may or may not cause cysts on your ovaries.

Symptoms of PCOS can include:

  • Hair loss 
  • Unwanted hair growth in unexpected places
  • Oily skin 
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, including missed periods
  • Infertility (PCOS is among the leading causes of infertility)
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Depression

Polycystic ovary syndrome can also increase your chances of developing high blood pressure and adult onset — also called type 2 — diabetes.

There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will review a combination of your medical history, symptoms and blood tests, as well as perform and a physical exam to determine whether you have this condition.

What to Expect at the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center

The PCOS Center, led by Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD, brings together experts from across Penn Medicine and delivers a well-rounded approach to the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. You’ll have access to a variety of services, including:

  • Hormonal treatment

  • Fertility treatment

  • Weight management

  • Diet and nutrition services

  • Lipid management

  • Dermatology

  • Laser hair removal to manage the excessive hair growth associated with PCOS

Because PCOS can impact other health conditions, Penn PCOS Center experts collaborate with colleagues from across Penn Medicine, including cardiologists, dermatologists, endocrinologists and behavioral health specialists. Listen to Dr. Dokras, Anastassia Amaro, MD, and Kelly Costello Allison, PhD, from the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders of University of Pennsylvania, discuss the nuances of weight, nutrition, psychology and related effects on PCOS and its management.

At the PCOS Center, our goal is to offer you one point of access to every treatment option you need to manage your condition. Learn more about the departments we partner with to create a coordinated and personalized care plan just for you:

 
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