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PCOS Research Study Recruiting in the Chicago Area*

Earn a Gift Card Up to $150 for Participation
See Below for Details and Eligibility Criteria

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

225 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

PCOS Study

Study Title

A Prospective Study of Biochemical and Genetic Predictors of PCOS in High Risk Early Postmenarchal Girls

Study Description

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, insulin resistance, problems becoming pregnant among other issues. PCOS is among the most common endocrine disorders in women, affecting 7-10% of women of reproductive age. A cure for PCOS has not been found yet and PCOS treatment is still challenging for many women.

Currently, PCOS cannot be diagnosed until late adolescence or early adulthood. This study seeks to determine early markers of PCOS in younger girls in order to translate findings into improved prevention and treatment approaches.

Participation in this study may involve the following testing:

  • Testing for diabetes with an oral glucose tolerance test
  • Testing to measure hormone production by the ovaries
  • MRI study of the size and appearance of the ovaries
  • Collection of DNA to look for genetic markers of PCOS

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female
  • Age: 11-16 years old
  • First menstrual period less than 2 years ago

The Three Study Groups Are:

  • Daughters of women with PCOS
  • Girls with body mass index (BMI) above 95th percentile
  • Girls with body mass index (BMI) below 95th percentile


Exclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic disease including hypertension, diabetes and cancer
  • Girls taking interfering medications such as birth control pills or diabetes medicines
  • More than 2 years post-menarche


Gift card up to $150


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

225 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Principal Investigator

Laura Torchen, MD, MS

For further information,

Email: Sarayu Ratnam at or
Call: 312-227-6617

PCOS Study

This study is Lurie Children's IRB #2017-704, A Prospective Study of Biochemical and Genetic Predictors of PCOS in High Risk Early Postmenarchal Girls, Dr. Laura Torchen. The content of this recruitment page has been approved by the Lurie Children's IRB.


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