PCOS: Why you can't do this alone

Last week, we covered key myths and facts related to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which affects 10-15% of women of reproductive age. Yet according to PCOS Challenge, The National Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, only 50% of women are properly diagnosed. However, given the complexity of PCOS, treatment is just as important as the diagnosis given the comorbid conditions one can present with.

Fertility for Me spoke with Dr. Marcelle Cedars, Director, Center for Reproductive Health, at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, which created a PCOS Clinic to support women via a cross-disciplinary team.

The rationale for the center’s multi-disciplinary approach is that women with PCOS have both reproductive, dermatologic and metabolic problems. The vision behind the PCOS Clinic was to create a system in which multiple providers and services could deliver comprehensive and integrated care to women with PCOS. Ultimately, with the proper funding in place, the goal was replicate the model with clinics for other reproductive issues such as recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) and menopause. Team-based models have been demonstrated to improve effectiveness of patient care, as echoed by Dr. Zev Williams of the Columbia Fertility Center.

By creating a center focused on PCOS, specifically, UCSF has been able to both provide women better education and serve as a center for research.