PG14: PCOS: Caring for a Woman Over Her Lifetime

Date:October 13, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 211 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Kurt T. Barnhart, M.D., M.S.C.E. (Chair), University of Pennsylvania

Heather G. Huddleston, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

Robert A. Wild, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center


Developed in Cooperation with the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Practice-based learning and improvement

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in females of the reproductive age and is highly prevalent. The etiology of this heterogeneous condition remains obscure and its phenotype expression varies. PCOS affects many aspects of a woman's life and this live course will supply the reproductive endocrinologist and general gynecologist with the latest information on PCOS in order to provide up-to-date recommendations for patient care. Topics to be covered will include how PCOS affects reproductive health over a woman's lifespan, hirsutism and acne, contraception, fertility, menstrual cycle abnormalities, quality of life, ethnicity, pregnancy complications, long-term metabolic and cardiovascular health and, finally, cancer risk. Information will include material from The Consensus on Women's Health Aspects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Contrast the signs and symptoms of PCOS in women of different ages and ethnicities.
  2. Interpret how aspects of the phenotype of PCOS correlate with risk factors for insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus (DM) type II and cardiovascular health.
  3. Develop a practical approach to testing for precursors of DM and cardiovascular disease in women with PCOS.
  4. Distinguish the medical and reproductive needs of a woman with PCOS based on where she is in her lifetime.



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