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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Long-term Consequences (Green-top Guideline No. 33)

Published: 05/11/2014

The Guidelines Committee reviewed the scope and content of this guideline on 23/11/2017. It was their opinion that there had been only a limited change in the supporting literature and that this was unlikely to change the guideline substantially at this stage. This decision will be reviewed again in 2 years’ time. 


This is the third edition of this guideline, which was previously published under the same title in 2003 and 2007.


This guideline has been produced to provide information, based on clinical evidence, to assist clinicians with a special interest and for updating the generalist who manages women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), to allow them to advise women about the long-term health consequences of the syndrome. This guideline does not cover infertility associated with PCOS, which has been extensively reviewed elsewhere.