Overcoming Diagnostic Pitfalls in PCOS

By Fiona McCulloch, ND

PCOS is a lifelong, complex endocrine condition that is often misunderstood. It affects 10-15 percent of women and is often labeled as an ovulatory condition with a major impact on reproductive health. So why are 50 percent of cases of PCOS undiagnosed, and why are women who do not have the condition diagnosed with it so often?

As we learn more about PCOS, we must become able to identify it in populations where it can be easily missed, such as in older women, as its impacts on metabolic and cardiovascular health increase significantly with age. We must also learn to refrain from overdiagnosing it in younger women or in specific situations which may induce a similar clinical picture.

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