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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Program

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), also called polycystic ovary syndrome, is a common hormonal disorder, affecting 5 to 10 percent of women. Women with PCOS can experience a range of symptoms, including irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, elevated levels of male hormones and difficulty achieving pregnancy. PCOS can lead to an increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and pre-cancerous and cancerous changes to the lining of the uterus.

The Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers comprehensive, personalized care to help you manage your PCOS symptoms. Our care team also offers health screenings for women with PCOS to reduce your risk of developing other health problems. 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • A team approach. Our dedicated program focuses exclusively on caring for women with PCOS. Our obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are part of a comprehensive care team that includes doctors from other medical specialties. This means you have access to advanced care from experts who specialize in women’s health, dermatology, diabetes and endocrinology care, and weight loss management.
  • One convenient location. Our specialists offer services at the One Hundred Oaks campus in Nashville, Tennessee. With comprehensive care in one location, you can focus on improving your health.
  • Support services: At Vanderbilt, you are not alone in your diagnosis. During your initial visit, we discuss your individual symptoms, health history, personal preferences and treatment options. With a dedicated PCOS care team, we offer you the most advanced information about your condition and take the time to discuss all of your questions.
  • Robust research: As part of an academic medical center, we are dedicated to studying and learning more about PCOS to develop better treatment options. 

Conditions We Treat

  • Diabetes
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Infertility
  • Insulin resistance
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Polycystic ovarian (ovary) syndrome

Tests and Treatments

We use a variety of diagnostic tools and offer individualized treatment plans. Diagnosis and treatment may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Medications
  • Counseling and other support

Patient Education

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Glossary of Terms

Weight-loss Seminars

Some women with PCOS may need help managing their weight. The Vanderbilt Center for Weight Loss is hosting a seminar series who may not be candidates for surgery. The goal is to help these women live a healthier lifestyle.

Download the event flyer

All seminars take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Friday, July 26: Eating and emotions
  • Friday, August 23: Diets and intro to weight loss medications
  • Friday, September 20: Procedures for weight loss and exercise physiology

Locations

Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 27100
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 343-5700
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Meet Our Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Care Team