Study Shows Women with PCOS Visit Two or More Dr’s for Diagnosis
A recent study has shown that of 1385 Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) patients from over thirty different countries, half of these women had to visit 3 or more Doctors before being diagnosed. A shocking 35% said they visited more than 3 medical professionals and 12% say they visited more than 4 Doctors before diagnosis.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects more than 15% of childbearing age women and is the leading cause of infertility, and leaves these women at higher than usual risk of multiple health concerns including depression. The chronic condition is characterised by three key features, of which a women must shows signs of 2 of them to be diagnosed; Small Ovarian cysts, irregular or missed periods and increased levels of Testosterone.
Half of the women in the study, published by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism said it took more than two years to be diagnosed and only small number said they were satisfied with the experience they had throughout the diagnosis.
Helena Teede, the Co-Author of the journal and the Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University said in a press release; “Despite the misleading name, PCOS is not primarily an ovarian condition, but instead is a hormonal disturbance with diverse health effects that is largely inherited. The process of diagnosing PCOS needs to be improved, and the diverse set of metabolic, reproductive and psychological features need to be understood and addressed.”
The study showed that a whopping 45% of the women received little or no information on their condition despite it being a chronic condition causing infertility.
Professor Teede also said “There are clear opportunities to improve awareness, diagnosis, and health outcomes for women with PCOS,”