Young women misinformed about PCOS

Overdiagnosis is leading to unnecessary distress and anxiety

A lack of consistent and accurate diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome in young women may be leading to overdiagnosis and misinformation, the authors of a new paper warn.

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This is contributing to “unnecessary and unwarranted fears of complications, particularly infertility”, according to the authors.

The Melbourne-based researchers found that 12% of young Australian women had PCOS, using National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria.

But they also noted that prevalence estimates in Australia vary from 7.3% to 17% because of the different ways that the diagnostic