Media Advisory

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Independent panel to present findings on polycystic ovary syndrome


A press telebriefing will be held by an impartial, independent panel to discuss their findings and recommendations on polycystic ovary syndrome.


Please call in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the press telebriefing. Media will be asked for name and outlet. Interested parties who are not affiliated with a media outlet may listen in, but will not be permitted to ask questions during the call.


Panel members from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Evidence-based Methodology Workshop will be answering questions from the press:


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder that affects approximately 5 million reproductive-aged women in the United States. Women with PCOS have difficulty becoming pregnant due to hormone imbalances and often have other symptoms such as irregular or no menstrual periods (for women of reproductive age), acne, weight gain, excess hair growth on the face or body, thinning scalp hair, and ovarian cysts. Women with PCOS are also at risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Costs to the U.S. healthcare system to identify and manage PCOS are approximately $4 billion annually.

To better understand the benefits and drawback of using various diagnostic criteria, the condition’s causes, predictors, and long-term consequences, as well as optimal prevention and treatment strategies, the NIH Office of Disease Prevention convened an Evidence-based Methodology Workshop on December 3–5, 2012, to assess the available scientific evidence on PCOS. The panel's report, which summarizes the workshop and identifies future research priorities, incorporates the panel's assessment of the available evidence from a systematic literature review, expert presentations, audience input, and public comments. Additional information about the NIH Evidence-based Methodology Workshop on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is available at

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