Estrogenic ovulatory dysfunction or functional female hyperandrogenism: an argument to discard the term polycystic ovary syndrome.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders seen among reproductive-age women, with a prevalence of 4%-9% depending on the criteria used to define the syndrome. The diagnostic criteria for PCOS have been surprisingly controversial and confusing for patients, clinicians, and researchers. We believe that the confusion surrounding PCOS arises almost entirely because its name refers to a trait that is inconsistently present and irrelevant to both the etiology and the treatment of the disorder. We suggest that merely abandoning the term PCOS will cure much of what has ailed us for decades and allow us to focus on the etiology and treatment of the causes of what the experts in this field have come to recognize as functional female hyperandrogenism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Behera, M; Price, T; Walmer, D

Published Date

  • November 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 86 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1292 - 1295

PubMed ID

  • 17070182

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-5653

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2006.06.048


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States