Australia-led global guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of the primary cause of infertility in women were published simultaneously in three international journals recently, supported by a suite of health professional and patient resources to improve health outcomes for women with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS.
Monash University professor Helena Teede led an international team of more than 3,500 consumers and health professional from 71 countries that identified major gaps for those with this condition, including delays of up to two years in diagnosis and a lack of adequate information for women with PCOS.
According to Professor Teede, PCOS is a multi-faceted condition, “with reproductive, metabolic and psychological features which often means diagnosis is delayed, treatment is often not holistic and opportunities for prevention, treatment and improved health outcomes including in infertility and pregnancy health are missed.”
To increase the health literacy of women affected by PCOS, Monash University has created a PCOS app which provides information in English, and is being translated into Mandarin, Hindi, Vietnamese and Spanish. This and other consumer and health professional resources are available for free at Monash University’s web site.