PCOS: New 2018 Guidelines Released

The first ever internationally endorsed and evidenced-based guidelines for the assessment, diagnosis and management of PCOS have just been published. How exciting!


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

A number of important changes are discussed in the new guidelines, in particular the use of ultrasound to support a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

The recent advances in ultrasound technology have resulted in much clearer pictures. As a result, we can be much more specific about diagnosing polycystic appearing ovaries (PCO).

With modern ultrasound equipment, an adult woman would need to have 18 or more follicles per ovary, or have enlarged ovaries of at least 10ml – using a transvaginal view (that is, the ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina, rather than the scan being performed the the abdominal wall) to meet the criteria for PCO.

There is also information on lifestyle, fertility and mood concerns.

To learn more, go to: http://pcos-cre.edu.au

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