This article reported by 6 Minutes, a website for AHPRA Registered Practitioners highlights the need for expert treatment when it comes to PCOS:
‘Damning report’ into PCOS care
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are reporting frustration at the length of time it takes to get a diagnosis.
Many are having to endure numerous consultations with multiple health professionals before receiving a diagnosis, say public health experts at Monash University.
And this process can often take up to two years, impacting on women’s psychological health and reducing early treatment options.
A study of 1,385 women with PCOS shows that nearly two in three are dissatisfied with the delayed diagnosis and nearly half had to see three or more healthcare providers before being diagnosed.
Health professionals need to have a better awareness of the condition, say the authors.
An estimated 9-18% of women of childbearing age have PCOS.
Writing in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the authors say there are many possible reasons for delayed diagnosis, including the fact that there is no single diagnostic test available.
They note that ovarian ultrasound examination may be a barrier to patient evaluation for PCOS in primary care, although an accurate diagnosis can be made if hyperandrogenism and menstrual irregularity are present.
“Timely diagnosis enables early interventions for acne, hirsutism, menstrual irregularity,
anxiety, depression, and provision of counselling regarding future fertility,” write the researchers, led by Professor Helena Teede.
It is also important to prevent weight gain, obesity and related metabolic complications, they say.
Veryan McAllister, president of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association of Australia, says the Monash study is a “damning report” into the care of women with PCOS.