Why we need epidemiologic studies of polycystic ovary syndrome in Africa

Ernest T. Maya, Chris B. Guure, Richard M.K. Adanu, Bismark Sarfo, Michael Ntumy, Evelyn Y. Bonney, Daria Lizneva, Walidah Walker, Ricardo Azziz

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The primary objective of the Ghana Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Epidemiology and Phenotype (Ghana-PEP) study will be to assess the relevance and phenotypic distribution of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in a medically unbiased population of reproductive-aged women. In addition, the study will also attempt to identify sociodemographic, environmental, and psychological factors that may play a role in the development of PCOS phenotype. The study aims to recruit 990 randomly selected women aged 18–45 years living in Nsawam, the district capital of the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality, in the Eastern region of Ghana. Participants will complete a questionnaire with the aid of trained personnel, undergo a physical examination, and undergo ultrasonography and biochemical evaluations relevant to PCOS. It is anticipated that the study will provide the population prevalence and phenotypes, and distribution of PCOS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Ghana
  • PCOS
  • Phenotypes
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Prevalence


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