"Women With Common Ovary Condition Often Feel Medical System Failed Them" - Linda Carroll
Many women with polycystic ovary syndrome feel they’ve been let down by a health care system that takes years to diagnose their condition, a new survey suggests. Researchers found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, a common condition characterized by metabolic and fertility problems, were more likely than others to distrust their primary care physician’s judgment and to feel that they weren’t getting enough social support from health care providers. A contributor to delayed diagnosis may be primary care physicians’ lack of familiarity with the condition, not to mention the latest information on it, said Andrea Dunaif, MD, chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease for the Mount Sinai Health System. The name, which is really a misnomer, doesn’t help, she added. The bumps on the ovaries aren’t cysts and the condition has symptoms that go far beyond the reproductive system, she explained. PCOS has also been linked to increased risks for diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
– Andrea Dunaif, MD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Mount Sinai Health System