Table 3

Number and percentage of PCOS women prescribed relevant drugs for PCOS prior to and following the diagnosis of PCOS

Types of drugsBefore diagnosis of PCOS, number (%)After diagnosis of PCOS, number (%)
2004–20072008–20112012–2014
Combined oral contraceptives12 349 (40.22)901 (17.01)912 (18.87)459 (17.88)
POC5806 (18.91)474 (6.45)691 (10.22)272 (7.80)
IUDs728 (2.37)43 (0.50)64 (0.75)25 (0.52)
Clomiphene518 (1.69)210 (2.46)165 (1.92)70 (1.43)
Metformin1278 (4.16)1212 (14.77)1102 (13.25)495 (10.52)
Gonadotrophins435 (1.42)29 (0.34)13 (0.15)13 (0.26)
Spironolactone235 (0.77)109 (1.26)111 (1.28)43 (0.87)
Cyproterone91 (0.30)28 (0.32)19 (0.22)3 (0.06)
Flutamide6 (0.02)4 (0.05)1 (0.01)0
Eflornithine550 (1.79)354 (4.10)407 (4.81)172 (3.58)
Weight control/loss drugs1330 (4.33)403 (4.84)364 (4.43)91 (1.95)
Lipid regulators194 (0.63)69 (0.79)46 (0.53)8 (0.16)
Acne-related drugs9000 (29.31)1182 (19.52)1234 (20.78)582 (18.32)
  • Values are represented as n (%).

  • COC, combined oral contraceptive; IUD, intrauterine device; PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome; POC, progestin oral contraceptive.