A book on the subject

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Posted by Pat Johnston on March 16, 19100 at 12:17:00:

Both as the publisher at Perspectives Press: The Infertility and Adoption Publisher and as one diagnosed with the condition in question 25 years ago, I couldn't wait another minute to share some exciting news! We are about to publish what we believe will be the FIRST book for consumers on PCOS--polycystic ovarian sydrome.

Here's the scoop as we will be announcing it in our April catalog.

By Samuel S. Thatcher, M.D.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disturbance affecting the entire body with numerous implications for a woman's long-term health and quality of life. PCOS is the most common hormonal disturbance of pre-menopausal women and is a leading cause of infertility, but infertility is not the only problem PCOS creates. Common symptoms unrelated to fertility include obesity, abnormal hair growth, skin problems, and abnormal menstrual periods. Additionally, the medical community now knows (though many former infertility and dermatology patients my age do not and need to!) that PCOS has far longer-term health consequences. Women with PCOS have at least 7 times the risk of heart attack and heart disease than do other women, are at risk for hypertension, and by the age of 40, 40% of PCOS patients develop Type 2 diabetes.

Because often individual symptoms of the syndrome have been presented one at a time to a variety of professionals (gynecologists, dermatologists, internists, hair removal specialists) PCOS has been in the closet for far too long, underestimated both in prevalence and importance. The disease is beginning to receive the attention it deserves through interest and research. Even popular women's magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Redbook, and Ladies Home Journal have published recent articles on PCOS. There are hundreds of visitors each day to sites on the internet dedicated to PCOS. Yet there has been no comprehensive source of information available to PCOS sufferers… until now. Dr. Thatcher’s book is an exciting first in this field!

PCOS: The Silent Epidemic will first appear in hardcover, ISBN 0-944934-25-0, $24.95.

The official publication date will be September, 2000, but we are pushing VERY hard to make copies available for the June conference of PCOSA in San Diego, where Dr. Thatcher will be one of the speakers. You can check out the working table of contents on my Publisher's Newsletter page using the link below.

Pat Johnston, publisher

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