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Diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disturbance with numerous implications for general health and well-being (McKittrick, 2002). It is the most common endocrine gland disorder in women of reproductive age (Lockwood, 1997) and has a prevalence of 5-10 per cent in this group (Hill, 2003). However, many women remain undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed as having other conditions such as premenstrual syndrome (Harris and Carey, 2000; Raisbeck, 1999).

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