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Fertil Steril. 2006 Jul;86 Suppl 1:S7-8.

Diagnosis, phenotype, and prevalence of polycystic ovary syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy. enricocarmina@libero.it


New diagnostic criteria for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) suggested three main phenotypes: classic (hyperandrogenism and anovulation), ovulatory, and normoandrogenic. However, it is unclear whether the normoandrogenic phenotype actually represents PCOS. Overall, 6% to 8% of reproductive-aged women suffer from PCOS, making this disorder one of the most common endocrine abnormalities.

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