How prevalent is sleep apnea among women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Updated: Sep 19, 2019
  • Author: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Many women with PCOS have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), which is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. [5] Ask these patients and/or their partners about excessive daytime somnolence; individuals with obstructive sleep apnea experience apnea/hypopnea episodes during sleep. [43, 44] For women with PCOS with suspected OSAS, there should be a low threshold for referral for sleep assessment. Patients may also be screened for OSAS in the clinic using such tools as the Epworth sleepiness score.


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