Polycystic Ovary Syndrome causes irregular menstrual cycles, excessive body or facial hair and polycystic ovaries. Prevalence ranges from 2.2% to 26% globally, as it is not defined precisely. This is a community based study in the reproductive age women (15-45years) to correctly assess prevalence of PCOS and health effects in women with PCOS.
Material and Methods: Cross sectional study done in 624 Reproductive age women (15-45 years) in a rural area. Data collected by interview method, clinical examination of which 182 women (with signs suggestive of PCOS) got biochemical and ultrasound to establish diagnosis of PCOS and health effects were studied. Data analysed using SPSS 20.
Results: Prevalence of PCOS was 72(11.5%). Infertility followed by psychosocial problems was the most common health effects.
Conclusion: Although infertility was seen in 73.6% of women with PCOS, only 18% received treatment in the past, due to under diagnosis and lack of accessibility.