Ferriman-Gallwey Score correlates with obesity and insulin levels in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – an observational study

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Mariana Ferreira Sales
Mirelle Oliveira Sóter
Ana Lúcia Cândido
Fernando Marcos dos Reis
Marinez Oliveira Sousa
Ana Paula Fernandes
Cláudia Natália Ferreira
Karina Braga Gomes


BACKGROUND: The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy and one of the main causes of infertility in women. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between clinical hyperandrogenism assessed by modified Ferriman-Gallwey (F-G) score and metabolic parameters in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome women. METHODS: This observational study included fifty Polycystic Ovary Syndrome subjects. Detailed information about body mass index (BMI) and abdominal circumference (AC) were obtained from each subject. F-G score was applied to assess hirsutism through visual method. Serum levels of insulin, glucose and testosterone were measured. RESULTS: A positive correlation was observed between F-G score with body mass index, abdominal circumference and insulin. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity, mainly abdominal adipose tissue, and insulin levels correlate with hyperandrogenism in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome women, analyzed by F-G score. F-G score could be a marker to evaluate metabolic disorders in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome women.

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