A number of factors may contribute to a reduced quality of life (QOL) for a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Addressing these issues can result in clinical improvements.

Gynecologic issues:

(1) infertility and subfertility

(2) amenorrhea


Endocrine and metabolic disorders:

(1) obesity

(2) diabetes mellitus

(3) acanthosis


Androgenic effects:

(1) alopecia

(2) hirsutism

(3) acne


Psychological issues:

(1) anxiety and depression

(2) eating disorders

(3) stigma

(4) frustration and resentment for lack of support

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