Vol 81, No 8 (2010)

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Statins in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome

Beata Banaszewska, Robert Spaczyński, Leszek Pawelczyk
Ginekol Pol 2010;81(8).


Summary Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting 6-9% of women in reproductive age. It is characterized by hyperandrogenism, oligo- or anovulation and infertility. PCOS is associated with important cardiovascular risk factors including: obesity, dyslipidemia , systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Statins are well-tested medications reducing a broad range of cardiovascular risk factors. The primary mode of action of statins is inhibition of HMG-Co A reductase, a rate-limiting step of cholesterol synthesis. In recent randomized studies in PCOS women, statins have decreased testosterone level, improved menstrual cycle regularity and lipid profile.

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