Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 5-10% of the female population.  It is the most common endocrine disorder affecting women – more common than diabetes.  Some of the most common symptoms are irregular periods, excess body or facial hair, acne and difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. It may also be associated with depression, difficulty getting pregnant, predisposition to type 2 diabetes and other long-term health problems.

The UCSF Multidisciplinary PCOS Clinic offers an integrated approach to treating polycystic ovarian syndrome. Our patients see a team of specialists in reproductive endocrinology, dermatology, nutrition, psychology and genetics. We work together with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan that will work for her. We are also developing a psycho-educational group and exercise program series for women who would like to start integrating exercise into their lives.

Patients are also welcome to participate in our PCOS research program, which will help us understand the cause of PCOS and the best methods of treatment.

UCSF Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic

The UCSF Multidisciplinary PCOS Clinic offers an integrated approach to treating polycystic ovarian syndrome. Our patients see a team of specialists in reproductive endocrinology, dermatology, nutrition, psychology and genetics. Our team approach translates to better care for each patient, taking into account her individual needs and circumstances.

We are proud to be part of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, a designation granted by the federal Office of Women's Health. This distinguishes our program as a model for improving health services for women.

We are also one of the specialty clinics in the comprehensive UCSF Women's Health program. UCSF Women's Health offers health care for women at each stage of life from adolescence through menopause and beyond. 

PCOS Appointments

The clinic consists of two standard visits. Patients are first seen on a Thursday morning by the reproductive endocrinologist, dermatologist and genetic counselor. The team meets to formalize a plan and recommendations for care, which are discussed with each patient by the reproductive endocrinologist at the follow-up appointment (typically scheduled the following Thursday), where patients also meet the clinical psychologist and the dietitian. The clinic provides a plan and recommendations for the patient and her general doctor to follow, as well as any specialist referrals.

Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the UCSF PCOS coordinator at (415) 885-3674. Our address is below.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic
499 Illinois Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Tel: (415) 885-3674

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources

The Diagnosis and Treatment of PCOS,Marcelle Cedars, MD

Healing Syndrome O: A Strategic Guide to Fertility, Polycystic Ovaries, and Insulin Imbalance, Ronald Feinberg, MD, PhD 

Positive Options for PCOS, Christine Craggs-Hinton,  Adam Balen, MD

PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic, Samuel S. Thatcher, MD, PhD 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Fighting Back! , Angela Kay Dotson 

What to Do When the Doctor Says It's PCOS, Milton Hammerly, MD, Cheryl Kimball 

PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Colette Harris, Adam Carey 

Living with PCOS, Angela Boss, Evelina Weidman Sterling,  Richard S. Legro, MD 

PCOS and Your Fertility, Colette Harris with Theresa Cheung 

PCOS Diet Book, Colette Harris with Theresa Cheung 

Women and Unwanted Hair, Sarah M. Rosenthal, PhD