Polycystic ovary syndrome


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine abnormality, affecting between 8-21% of women of reproductive age. It is associated with a range of health effects (including metabolic, reproductive and psychological) that can have long-term implications for a patient.

Learning objectives:

  • Know the symptoms that would make you suspect PCOS in your patients.
  • Know the investigations you should carry out in a patient with suspected PCOS.
  • Understand the health risks associated with PCOS.
  • Understand the management principles of PCOS.


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This content was created by Dr Karen Falloon PhD, MBChB, FRNZCGP and reviewed by Dr Grace Lee, with expert input from Dr Stella Milsom, Reproductive Endocrinologist, MBChB, Dip Obs, FRACP (2020).

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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