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Northwestern Hosts Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Seminar

December 6, 2006 | by Marla Paul

CHICAGO --- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that is a leading cause of infertility in women and increases their risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

A free public seminar on the syndrome will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Baldwin Auditorium at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University, 303 E. Superior, Chicago.

The seminar will include presentations by doctors from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine on the latest PCOS research and treatment, fertility management, weight management and laser treatment of hirsutism (excessive facial hair.)

The program is being hosted by Andrea Dunaif, M.D., chief of endocrinology, metabolism and molecular medicine at Feinberg, and the Polycystic Ovary

Syndrome Association. Dunaif is also the Charles F. Kettering Professor of Endocrinology.

PCOS gets its name from the small ovarian cysts found in the first women studied, though not all women who suffer from PCOS  have these cysts.  PCOS symptoms typically appear during adolescence, around the start of menstruation.   

PCOS symptoms can include menstrual irregularity, acne, excessive hair on the face and body, thinning of hair on the scalp, weight problems or obesity that is centered around the mid-section and elevated LDL or “bad” cholesterol. As a syndrome, the combination of symptoms varies between women and so is not always immediately recognized.

Although PCOS appears in young women, it persists through their reproductive years.  The syndrome affects about 7 percent of women of reproductive age, making it the most common hormonal syndrome among women in this age group.

For more information, call 800-847-6060 to speak to a PCOS study coordinator.

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