Latest Developments in Diagnosing and Treating PCOS

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PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) can be a devastating disease affecting many aspects of health, including fertility.  Our guest to talk about PCOS is Dr. Heather Huddleston, Medical Director of Center of Reproductive Health at UCSF and Director of Multidisciplinary Clinic for Women with PCOS.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What is PCOS?
  • How is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome diagnosed.
  • What is the Rotterdam criteria and how is it utilized in diagnosing PCOS?
  • Why is it called a “syndrome”
  • Who is at most risk for developing PCOS?
  • Is there a genetic link in developing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
  • Do woman develop PCOS or have they always had it and only show the symptoms later?
  • Does weight gain cause Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or does PCOS cause weight gain?
  • Does PCOS make it easier to gain weight and harder to lose weight?
  • Why do some people gain weight when eating very few calories?
  •  Do the symptoms of PCOS improve with age or worsen with age?
  • How common is infertility in patents with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
  • What is the prognosis for getting pregnant with treatment for a woman with PCOS?
  • What is best for treating infertility in a woman with PCOS: Clomiphene, Letrazol, Metformin, or injectable gonadotropins?
  • Why are oral contraceptive used so often with women with PCOS?
  • Does PCOS increase the chance of miscarriage or premature birth?
  • Does PCOS increase a women’s risk of developing cancer?
  • Does Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome increase a woman’s chance of having multiple births?
  • What is the best way to treat PCOS?
  • What lifestyle changes are particularly helpful in controlling the symptoms of PCOS?
  • What type of diet is effective for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
  • Is bariatric surgery helpful in controlling the symptoms of PCOS?
  • Is weight loss through bariatric surgery as effective in controlling the symptoms of PCOS as weight loss through dieting?
  • What type of doctor should a woman see to diagnose and treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

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