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Table 1 Diagnostic criteria for PCOS in women

From: Controversies of the assesment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents

PCOS definition Clinical (modified Ferriman-Gallway score >8*) or biochemical hyperandrogenemia (elevated total or free testosterone level **) Oligomenorrhoea (< 6-9 menstrual cycles per year) or oligo-anovulation Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound (>12 follicles in one ovary or volume >10 cc)
NICHD 1990 [4] Yes Yes  
Rotterdam 2003 [5] Yes Yes Yes
  2 of 3 criteria
AE-PCOS 2009 [6] Yes Yes Yes
   1 of 2 criteria
  1. * Ethnicity should be considered when assessing hirsutism
  2. **Testosterone assays, puberty and time of the sample should be considered when reviewing levels.