Incidence of polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovary syndrome amongst women in Melbourne, Australia


Correspondence: Professor G. Kovacs, PO Box 94, Box Hill, Victoria 3128, Australia. Email:


Background:  The incidence of polycystic ovaries (PCO) in the Australian population is unknown.

Aims:  To determine the incidence of PCO in a random population of Melbourne women.

Methods:  A retrospective survey of the transvaginal ultrasound of female partners of sterile males was undertaken.

Results:  Twenty-three percent of subjects had polycystic ovaries on ultrasound criteria, 17% bilateral and 6% unilateral.

Conclusions:  The incidence of PCO in Australian women is similar to that of other Caucasian populations.