Evaluation of patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome at a tertiary care center

Swapna Y., V. Srilakshmi


Background: It has been estimated that prevalence of PCOS ranges from 5-10% in reproductive females. Thus, it becomes most common endocrinopathy in this age group. Lack of ovulation and androgen over activity are key features of PCOS. The objective of this study was to patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome at a tertiary care center.

Methods: Present study was following up study with 200 cases of PCOS. Rotterdam criteria were used for the diagnosis of the PCOS. This criterion includes three things. First is woman having in last year <6 periods of menstruation. Second is testosterone value >0.6 ng/ml and third is each ovary having >12 follicles with increased size and volume. Those cases with hypothyroidism, adrenal tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia etc were excluded from the present study. Those on steroid therapy were also excluded. Detailed history and clinical examination were carried out for included cases as well as required investigations.

Results: Overall incidence of infertility was found as 27.9%. Out of these 200 cases, 44 (22%) had PCOS. Majority cases belonged to 20-24 years of age. Hirsutism was most common findings in clinical hyperandrogenism. Risk of insulin resistance syndrome was 4.79 times higher in obesity compared to not obese. Age, BMI, duration of infertility, ovarian volume, and menstrual pattern had effect on ovulation rate following laparoscopic ovarian drilling. Increasing duration of infertility and BMI had lower ovulation rate. Ovulation rate was highest when treated with clomiphene citrate alone than the combination therapy.

Conclusions: Women with obesity have more chances of having PCOS as seen from the present study.


Hirsutism, Hyperandrogenism, Insulin resistance, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Syndrome

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