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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Treatment Program

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects between five and ten percent of women during their childbearing years. Our specialists in the Reproductive Endocrine Unit have extensive experience in treating women with PCOS. We also lead both basic and clinical research programs whose mission is to better understand and treat PCOS.

Our Approach The Massachusetts General Hospital Reproductive Endocrine Unit is one of a few academic medical centers with specialized expertise in the treatment and management of PCOS. Due to our active research program  in the area of PCOS, we have generated important insights with respect to treatment and management of this condition.

About this TreatmentAfter an extensive history and examination our physicians will assess hormone and metabolic function. Because PCOS may predispose women to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and difficulty conceiving, we work with you and your health care team to determine the best course of treatment.

Related Conditions

Women with PCOS typically have irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity. PCOS is also a common cause of infertility. Click on the following links to learn more about PCOS symptoms and treatment.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves two of the following: lack of ovulation for an extended period of time, high levels of male hormones or small ovarian cysts.

You and Your Health It is important for you to be an active member of your health care team. Before your first appointment:
Learn about your Family HistoryYour doctor wants to know about family members who have health problems. It is important to know about conditions like diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease or infertility. Family members include your mother, father, brothers, sisters and grandparents.

Bring a List of Your Questions

  • Think about what you want to ask your doctor. Write down your concerns. Share your list with your doctor at the start of your visit. Getting the answers to your questions is an important part of your visit.
  • Bring a written list of the medicines you are taking. Include prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs and other supplements. Give this list to the doctor at the start of your visit

Ask a Family Member or Trusted Friend to Come With YouThey can take notes, give you support and help you remember what was said. They can ask questions too.

When You Meet With the Doctor

  • Describe your symptoms. When did they start? How do they make you feel? Has anything helped make them better?
  • Be honest about your health when talking about your diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol or drug use and sexual history.
  • Describe allergies to drugs, foods or other things.
  • Let your doctor know if other doctors or nurses, including mental health providers, are treating you.
  • Understand everything before you leave your visit. If you don’t understand something, ask the doctor to explain it again. 

Reproductive Endocrine Associates

Wang Ambulatory Care Center
55 Fruit Street
WACC 730
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-8433
Fax: 617-726-5357
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Monday - Friday

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Dr. Crowley's patients are seen in the Barlett Hall Extension

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