Polycystic Ovarian Spectrum
The new “PCOS”?
By Jaclyn Chasse, ND
About the Author
Jaclyn Chasse, ND, is a medical educator at Emerson Ecologics, Manchester, New Hampshire, and a practicing naturopathic physician in New Hampshire. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington. Chasse is a graduate of Bastyr University and has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has coauthored several scientific journal articles in the field of medical biophysics. Chasse has undergone extensive training in women’s health, pediatrics, and infertility, including an internship at the Jocelyn Centre for infertility in Sydney, Australia. Her clinical practice focuses on these specialties. Chasse has been very involved throughout her professional career in improving healthcare access and education. As a medical student, she cofounded the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, the only affiliate organization of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) representing medical students. She currently serves as the president of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors and has been an active member in the AANP since 2003.
It appears from this study that polycystic ovary syndrome is in fact a polycystic ovary spectrum, wherein a pattern of hormonal balance exists across a scale of severity.
- Schroeder B. ACOG releases guidelines on diagnosis and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. Am Fam Physician. 2003;67(7):1619-1622.
- Cui Y, Shi Y, Cui L, Han T, Gao X, Chen ZJ. Age-specific serum antimüllerian hormone levels in women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2014;102(1):230-236.e2.
- Mumford SL, Schistermann EF, Siega-Riz AM, et al. Cholesterol, endocrine and metabolic disturbances in sporadic anovulatory women with regular menstruation. Hum Reprod. 2011;26(2):423-430.
- Hambridge HL, Mumford SL, Mattison DR, et al. The influence of sporadic anovulation on hormone levels in ovulatory cycles. Hum Reprod. 2013;28(6):1687-1694.
- Ahrens K, Mumford SL, Schliep KP, et al. Serum leptin levels and reproductive function during the menstrual cycle. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014;210(3):248. e1-9.