Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that has a number of reproductive and general health implications in adults. It is also currently considered the commonest endocrine condition to affect women with an estimated prevalence of 10–15%. Anyhow this prevalence rate depends on the population studied and the diagnostic criteria used.
There is significant heterogeneity of presentation, such that signs and symptoms manifest across a spectrum and their severity may vary.
PCOS appears to be underdiagnosed and, as a result, patients may not be managed appropriately. Management of PCOS may require the collaboration of a variety of healthcare professionals.