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Posted by Ellen Bender on February 23, 19100 at 22:19:03:

In Reply to: PCOS posted by Cheryle MacFarlane on February 23, 19100 at 00:01:31:

You raise a lot of interesting issues. I am hoping that one of the doctors will be able to respond. The huge mood swings you describe might have something to do with hormonal imbalances but it also may be part of her pregnancy. Certainly, acne can be one of the symptoms of PCOS but, again, it could be a result of the pregnancy. Excessive hair growth is also a classice PCOS symptom. Researchers are looking into the genetics of PCOS. Check the PCOS study guide on this website to see if there is a study your daughter can participate in (after she has her baby, of course.) Many of the studies will allow you to get your blood drawn locally and send it to the main study site. In terms of a doctor, I would try to find a reproductive endocrinologist or medical endocrinologist affiliated with Washington University Medical Center. I have seen the name Valerie Ratts at Washington University but have no personal knowlege about her. Good luck.

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