Medifocus Guidebook on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

A Comprehensive Patient Guide to Symptoms, Treatment, Research, and Support
 

 
Updated: July 24, 2016
135 Pages

 
 

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome or functional ovarian hyperandrogenism, is a complex disorder that usually begins during puberty and affects women of reproductive age. Polycystic ovary syndrome is characterized in most cases by multiple small cysts that develop on the ovaries. Many women with PCOS also experience a variety of symptoms that are related to the underlying metabolic and hormonal disorders that are associated with PCOS and include:

  • Insulin resistance - a condition in which the cells of the body become resistant to insulin (a hormone that regulates the levels of glucose in the bloodstream)
  • Hyperandrogenism - the overproduction of the male sex hormone called testosterone which can cause abnormal hair growth (hirsutism)
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Anovulatory infertility - lack of ovulation leading to inability to achieve pregnancy
  • Obesity

The optimal management of women with PCOS should involve a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to manage the various aspects of the syndrome which may include:

  • Gynecologist - to manage anovulatory infertility and menstrual irregularities
  • Endocrinologist - to manage insulin resistance and other hormonal disturbances
  • Dermatologist - to manage symptoms related to hyperandrogenism such as excessive body hair and acne
  • Nutritionist - to manage obesity
  • Mental Health Professional - to manage the psychological aspects of PCOS

Knowledge is Critical when Dealing with a Life-Altering Condition such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PCOS, it's critical to learn everything you possibly can about this condition so that you can make informed decisions about your treatment. That's why we created the Medifocus Guidebook on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a comprehensive 135 page patient Guidebook that contains vital information about PCOS that you won't find anywhere in a single source.

The Medifocus Guidebook on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome starts out with a detailed overview of the condition and quickly imparts fundamentally important information about PCOS, including:

  • The underlying cause of the condition.
  • The risk factors that may increase a woman's chances for developing PCOS.
  • The role of insulin resistance in the metabolic, hormonal, and reproductive disorders that are associated with PCOS.
  • The long-term health risks for women with PCOS, which include:

    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Infertility
    • Obesity
    • Endometrial cancer
  • How PCOS is diagnosed based on factors such as signs/symptoms, patient history, physical examination, transvaginal ultrasound, and special blood tests.

Understanding the Standard Treatments...and the Treatment Options

The goals of treatment for women with PCOS include:

  • Weight loss for obesity.
  • Suppression of elevated male hormone levels that cause hyperandrogenism and its associated symptoms, such as hirsutism and acne.
  • Restoration of normal menses.
  • Helping women with anovulatory infertility to achieve pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.
  • Reversing insulin resistance and, thereby, restoring normal metabolic and hormonal function.
  • Preventing the long-term health complications that can occur as a consequence of PCOS.

Understanding the treatments - and the treatment options for PCOS is crucial for successfully achieving the goals of treatment of PCOS. As you read through the section of the Guidebook that focuses on the treatments for PCOS, you will specifically learn about:

  • The role of physical exercise and weight loss in the management of PCOS-associated obesity.
  • The medicatications that are often prescribed to overcome insulin resistance and correct the underlying metabolic and hormonal imbalances that cause many of the symptoms of PCOS.
  • The medications that are commonly used to treat the symptoms of hyperandrogenism in women with PCOS.
  • The role of ovulation-inducing medications in the management of PCOS-associated anovulatory infertility.
  • The medications that are used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in women with PCOS.
  • The role of surgery and assisted-reproductive technologies to improve the likelihood of ovulation and pregnancy in women with PCOS-associated anovulatory infertility, including:

    • Laparoscopic ovarian drilling
    • Ovarian wedge resection
    • In-vitro fertilization
  • The recommendations of a 2008 expert "PCOS Consensus Working Group" for the optimal management of PCOS-associated anovulatory infertility.
  • The effect of PCOS and its treatment on pregnancy-associated complications, including:

    • Gestational diabetes
    • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
    • Preeclampsia
    • Miscarriage
    • Preterm birth
  • The role of dietary and lifestyle modifications in the management of women with PCOS.
  • The impact of PCOS on psychological well-being and quality of life.
  • Important questions to ask your doctor about PCOS.

A "One-of-a-Kind" Reference Guidebook on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome that Goes Way Beyond the Fundamentals

Since 1996, when Medifocus was founded, we've learned that many people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are seeking more specific information that goes beyond the fundamentals, such as the causes, diagnosis, standard treatments, and treatment options. That's why we developed a "one-of-a-kind" reference Guidebook that goes way beyond the basics and also includes the following sections:

  • A Guide to Recent Medical Literature on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - This section of the Guidebook contains an extensive bibliography of over 100 references to recently published articles about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in authoritative, peer-reviewed medical journals with links to the absracts (summaries) of the articles. These articles represent the latest advances in the field and focus on cutting-edge research, new developments, and the lessons learned from recently published clinical trials involving patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This is the same level of that is used by doctors who treat people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to keep abreast of the latest developments and breakthroughs in this specialized field of medicine.

  • Centers of Research for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - We've compiled a unique directory of doctors, hospitals, medical centers, and research institutions with special interest and, in many cases, clinical expertise in managing people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The "Centers of Research" directory is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating leading medical authorities and medical institutions both within the United States and other countries who are considered to be at the forefront in clinical research and treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. You'd have to spend days - or even weeks - attempting to compile your own list of doctors and medical centers but, with the "Centers of Research" directory, the information is already right at your fingertips. All you have to do is act on the information by selecting and contacting the experts or medical institutions listed in the directory by state and country.

  • Organizations and Support Groups for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - The Guidebook also includes a directory of organizations and support groups whose goal is to help people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by providing access to information, resources, and services. Many of these organizations can answer your specific questions, enable you to "network" with other patients, and provide guidance in areas such as financial, social, or medical-legal issues. This valuable directory of organizations and support groups includes complete contact information, including phone numbers and E-mail addresses.

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