Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

This information is useful for children and adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • We manage polycystic ovary syndrome through lifestyle changes and medical interventions.
  • We offer psychosocial support for women, adolescents and families.
  • Our renowned Fertility Center can help women with PCOS start a family.

Often misdiagnosed and poorly understood, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a lifelong disorder that can be managed with appropriate medical care. At Yale Medicine, our PCOS Program pulls together a team of specialists to address each aspect of this complex condition, providing guidance and medical intervention to meet every woman's specific needs.

"It's not one condition, it’s a spectrum and it has implications for your overall health," explains Lubna Pal, MD, director of the PCOS Program and a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine. "Menstrual irregularities and infertility, bothersome excess of facial and bodily hair, acne and even thinning of scalp hair are common presentations of this complex disorder. But these issues are controllable. PCOS-related infertility is easily fixable."

PCOS is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of symptoms associated with certain classic hormone imbalances. Experts estimate that 5 to 10 percent of women ages 18 to 44 have PCOS. The syndrome is usually detected in women between ages 20 and 30, but the earliest signs can be evident in younger girls including those who have not yet started menstruation.