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Nearly 18% women in India suffer from PCOS

Nearly 18% women in India suffer from PCOS - A recent study has revealed that about 18 per cent of women in India, mostly from the East, suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a disorder which causes infertility among women.

Metropolis Healthcare, a multinational chain of pathology laboratories, piloted a general study to notice the trends in the PCOS cases in young women in India.

Metropolis studied 27,411 samples of testosterone, over a period of 18 months, out of which 4824 (17.60 per cent) women are at hormonal associated risk with polycystic ovarian syndrome. The increasing trend of PCOS is primarily observed in the child bearing age group of 15 to 30 years.

According to Dr. Sonali Kolte, General Manager Medico Marketing, Metropolis Healthcare, "Undiagnosed PCOS can lead to infertility and in long term can cause several health complications which can be attributed to other factors as well."

Ms. Kolte said PCOS is a characteristic combination of cosmetic, gynecological and metabolic symptoms.

She added that infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss impact the women in the reproductive age and PCOS in older women can even result in cancer of the uterus, cardiac disease and type 2 diabetes.

Ms. Kolte said a testosterone test can help diagnose the disease along with a host of other tests like blood sugar, insulin, FSH, LH, 17OHP and DHEAS.