What Nurses Know About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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    Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are thought to be at greater risk for developing endometrial cancer. You may have read that there is also an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but currently there is no evidence to support this. Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecological cancer in the United States today. The prognosis is excellent when it is caught in the early stages. Some evidence suggests that premenopausal women with PCOS have an increased risk of endometrial...Read More
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    Here are the facts: Hirsutism affects about 8 percent of women in the United States (more than four million women). There are about 50 million hair follicles covering the body. Of these, 20 percent are on your scalp. There are none on your palms, the soles of your feet, or your lips. Most of our hair follicles are present at birth, and we begin to lose follicles after age 40. The growth cycles of individual hair follicles differ; it appears that hair grows continuously, but only some follicles...Read More
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    Getting a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can be challenging. No test gives a definitive diagnosis of PCOS; diagnosis is based on identifying a set of common symptoms and ruling out any other cause for them. A good diagnostic workup has three components: a thorough history, a physical exam, and laboratory and medical imaging tests. Because PCOS is a diagnosis of exclusion, much of the diagnostic workup is meant to rule out other possible disorders as the cause of your symptoms. Here...Read More

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Karen Roush

Karen Roush, RN, MSN, FNP, BC, has been a nurse specializing in women's issues for over 25 years. She is a former Editorial Director of the American Journal of Nursing and is currently a Mary Clark Rockefeller Scholar and PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at New York University.

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