Faculty Mentors

Dr. Jinkyung Park


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that is common among women who are of reproductive age, most commonly in ages between 15 and 44 years of age (Moran et al., 2010). While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, it is widely believed by many experts that genetic factors including excess levels of insulin and excess androgen are attributing factors (Moran et al., 2010) . Women with PCOS experience several different signs and symptoms including; infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods leading to infertility and the development of cysts (Iatrakis et al., 2006). Some other common symptoms of PCOS are weight gain, growth of excess hair, and acne (Iatrakis et al., 2006). There are currently several proposed interventions for women with PCOS such as medication, exercise, intermittent fasting, and changes in diet. (Almenning et al., 2015;Banting et al., 2014; Goss et al., 2014; Moran et al., 2017) The purpose of this literature review is to understand the differing treatments and interventions that help alleviate the symptoms of PCOS and determine the effectiveness of these interventions.



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