Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Program

Welcome to the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Program located within the Fish Center for Women's Health, a multi-specialty practice at the Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center at 850 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill, MA.

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms caused by a problem with a woman’s hormones. It affects the small organs that store a woman’s eggs (ovaries). But it can also affect the rest of the body. PCOS is a very common condition in women of childbearing age. In some cases, it can lead to serious health issues if not treated.

Ovulation happens when a mature egg is released from an ovary. This happens so it can be fertilized by a male sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, it is sent out of the body during your period.

In some cases, a woman doesn’t make enough of the hormones needed to ovulate. When ovulation doesn’t happen, the ovaries can develop many small fluid-filled sacs (cysts). These cysts make hormones called androgens. Androgens are a type of male hormone, but women normally have them in smaller amounts. Women with PCOS often have high levels of androgens. This can cause more problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle. And it can cause many of the symptoms of PCOS.

Treatment for PCOS is often done with medicine and life-style changes such as dietary changes. This can’t cure PCOS, but it helps reduce symptoms and prevent some health problems. Learn more.

Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Video

Margo S. Hudson, MD, Co-director, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Program in the Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, describes causes, symptoms and treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome. Transcript available.


The PCOS Program at the Fish Center

About the PCOS Program

Comprised of an endocrinologist, gynecologist, and dermatologist, our multi-specialty program offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the multiple manifestations of PCOS. Our team delivers collaborative and patient-centered care to treat your symptoms of PCOS. We also have onsite nutrition services and connections to the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Following an initial evaluation by one of our physicians, you can expect timely referrals to the appropriate specialist and individualized medical care for this protean syndrome.

The Fish Center for Women’s Health is committed to providing high quality, integrated clinical services and education based on leading-edge research on women’s health and gender specific care. We seek to help and treat all women, and we pay close attention to the areas of disease which have been historically under-diagnosed in women, such as cardiovascular disease and depression. The National Institute of Health estimates that PCOS affects one in every 10 to 15 women. As is our mission, we aim to care for women with PCOS in a coordinated and specialized fashion. The PCOS Program at the Fish Center is yet another way in which the Fish Center is impacting and enhancing women’s health.

Meet Our Team

Deborah Scott, MD | Dermatology
Dr. Deborah Scott is the Director of the Laser & Skin Health Center, the Co-director of the Hair Loss Clinic, and the Co-director of the Multicultural Dermatology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is board certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine. She has expertise in hair loss and acne treatment.
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Margo Hudson, MD | Endocrinology
Dr. Margo Hudson specializes in endocrinology, especially management of diabetes and hypertension, at the Fish Center. She has special interest and expertise in pre-diabetes and diabetes management as well as helping patients with weight management.
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Stephanie Bird, MD | Gynecology
Dr. Stephanie Bird is the Medical Director of Gynecology at the Fish Center as well as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She has expertise in managing menstrual abnormalities and contraception needs as well as providing other benign gynecologic care.
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Nutrition
Linda Antinoro, JD, RD, LDN, CDE
Kathy McManus, MS, RD, LDN
Marc O’Meara, RD, LDN, CDE


PCOS Program Referrals and Appointments

Getting a Referral

Your physician may refer you to the PCOS Program at the Fish Center if you have:

  • Irregular periods
  • Acne
  • Excessive body hair, particularly facial hair
  • Scalp hair loss
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound
  • Insulin-resistance or pre-diabetes

Depending upon your most pressing concern(s) regarding your PCOS or possible diagnosis, you will be placed with the appropriate specialist. After your initial visit, your PCOS physician will develop an individualized care plan to treat your PCOS, including expedited referral to additional specialists, if necessary.

Booking and Appointment

Ask your primary care physician to make the referral to one of our physicians in the PCOS Program at the Fish Center or request an appointment by contacting our patient coordinator at 617-732-9388. Our patient coordinator will ask you a series of questions about your symptoms so we can better understand your PCOS and find the right physician for you. Our practice is located within the Brigham and Women’s Ambulatory Care Center at 850 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill.

  • For directions to the Fish Center for Women’s Health, click here.
  • Fax number: 617-732-9355
  • For more information about the Fish Center for Women Health and the other services we provide, click here.

PCOS Resources

Informational Links

Brigham and Women's Hospital Health Library

PCOSupport: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, Inc.

The Center for Young Women’s Health

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