|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 30-34
Hormonal, metabolic and clinical profile of Saudi women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Abdulaziz A Al-Mulhim1, Adel A Abul-Heija2, Ayman A Al-Talib1, Haifa A Al-Turki1, Turki G Gasim1
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, King Fahd Hospital of the University, University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mutah University Medical School, Al-Karak, Jordan
|Date of Web Publication||3-Jun-2013|
Abdulaziz A Al-Mulhim
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, King Fahd Hospital of the University, University of Dammam
Objective: To establish the hormonal, metabolic and clinical profile for Saudi women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Design: This is a prospective, cross-sectional study conducted at the University Hospital. All women were seen at the gynecology clinic. One hundred women aged between 18 and 45 years were included in the study; 50 women with polycystic ovary disease (PCOS) comprised the study group and 50 women without PCOS comprised the control group. The hormonal, metabolic and clinical profiles were assessed for both groups.
Results: There are significantly higher levels of luteinizing hormone, prolactin, free testosterone dehydroepianosterone sulfate, 17α-hydroxy progesterone and fasting insulin in the study group. There were no differences in the levels of total testosterone, estradiol and cortisone levels between both groups. The levels of follicular stimulating hormone and sex hormone binding globulin were significantly lower in the study group. There were no differences in the blood sugar level, cholesterol, triglycerides and low- and high-density lipoproteins. The womens' ages, body mass index, blood pressure, uterine dimensions and endometrial thickness were similar in both groups. The size of both ovaries was significantly greater in the study group. There were more follicles in the ovaries of the study group.
Conclusion: Hormonal profile of Saudi women with PCOS was similar with what is already published in the medical literature. But, despite the fact that Saudi women with and without PCOS are overweight, they do not suffer from raised blood pressure and metabolic syndrome; this may be due to the fact that women included in this study were relatively young and the sample size might be too small to draw effective conclusions.
Keywords: Hormone profile, metabolic profile, poly cystic ovary syndrome
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Al-Mulhim AA, Abul-Heija AA, Al-Talib AA, Al-Turki HA, Gasim TG. Hormonal, metabolic and clinical profile of Saudi women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2013;1:30-4
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Al-Mulhim AA, Abul-Heija AA, Al-Talib AA, Al-Turki HA, Gasim TG. Hormonal, metabolic and clinical profile of Saudi women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Saudi J Med Med Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2017 Mar 24];1:30-4. Available from: http://www.sjmms.net/text.asp?2013/1/1/30/112920
| Introduction|| |
According to the available literature, the criteria fulfilling sufficient specificity and sensitivity to define the polycystic ovary are the presence of 12 or more follicles measuring 2-9 mm in diameter and/or increased ovarian volume (>10 cm 3 ). The presence of a single polycystic ovary is sufficient to provide the diagnosis.  Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder in females that affects 5-10% of women of the reproductive age group.  PCOS is a complex abnormality of unknown etiology, but it may have a genetic etiology. ,,
It is a major cause of female subfertility. ,, The principal features are ovulation failure, resulting in amenorrhea or oligomennorhea. Excessive amounts of androgenic hormones result in acne and hirsutism, alopecia, breast atrophy and acanthosis negricans. Usually, PCOS is associated with insulin resistance, which may be associated with pathogenesis of the disease. Other associations are obesity, type 2 diabetes and hyperchlostremea,  and it may also have an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease. , Majority of the women had biochemical and metabolic disturbances such as biochemical hyperandrogenism,  insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance. 
In this study, we are aiming to establish the hormonal, metabolic and clinical profile for Saudi women with PCOS.
| Materials and Methods|| |
This is a prospective, cross-sectional study conducted at the King Fahd Hospital of the University from the period January 2009 to December 2010. All women were seen at the gynecology clinic and history was obtained from cases and controls prior to the study for intake of any hormonal drugs, including oral contraceptives as well as medication for lowering blood pressure, blood lipids and glucose. One hundred women were included in the study and all were Saudi married women aged between 18 and 45 years. Women with PCOS (n = 50) comprised the study group and women without PCOS comprised the control group (n = 50). Women with PCOS were selected according to the Rotterdam ESHRE criteria.  Women in the control group were with other gynecological diseases, not on any hormonal medication, no known infertility and endocrinologic or dermatologic problems, and were apparently normal healthy women. Each woman in the study had her body mass index and sitting and lying down blood pressure checked electronically once. Vaginal ultrasound scan was performed at mid-cycle to assess the uterine dimensions, ovarian size and endometrial thickness. Blood samples were obtained between Day 2 and Day 5 of the cycle to assess the level of the following hormones: Follicular stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), esradiole (E2), prolactin, dehydroepianosterone sulfate (DHEA-SO 4 ), cortisol (C), androsteindione (A), total and free testosterone (T), 17 α OH-progesterone (OH-P), sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and fasting insulin. The metabolic profile was assessed for all women in the study; therefore, the blood levels of fasting and 2 hours posts 75 g of glucose loading blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and high- and low-density lipoproteins were estimated. Cases and controls were matched by age and body mass index. This study was approved by the ethical committee of the university. All women in both groups were counseled about the study and signed an informed consent.
Statistical analysis was performed using the Mann Whitney test, and the difference between values was considered significant when P ≤ 0.05.
| Results|| |
[Table 1] shows significantly higher levels of LH (P = 0.0026), prolactin (P < 0.0001), free testosterone (P < 0.0001), DHEA-S (P = 0.0006), 17-hydroxy progesterone (P = 0.0021) and fasting insulin (P = 0.0025) in the study group compared with the control group. There were no differences in the levels of total testosterone, estradiol and cortisone levels in both groups. The levels of FSH and sex hormone binding globulin were significantly lower in the study group compared with the control group (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.0015, respectively).
|Table 1: Comparison of hormonal profile between the study and control groups|
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[Table 2] shows the metabolic profile of the two groups. There were no significant differences in the blood sugar level, either fasting or after 75 g of glucose loading, cholesterol, triglycerides and low- and high-density lipoproteins.
[Table 3] shows that the ages of the women, body mass index, sitting and lying down blood pressure (systolic and diastolic), uterine length, uterine width and endometrial thickness were similar in both groups. The size of both ovaries, right and left, were significantly greater in the study group compared with the control group (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.0054, respectively).
There were significantly more small cysts (2-8 mm) in the ovaries in the study group compared with the control group (P < 0.0001).
| Discussion|| |
In this study, we found that Saudi women with PCOS had higher free testosterone but lower FSH and SHBG than controls, and our results were similar with what was reported by others. , LH, prolactin, androstenedione and DHEA-S were significantly higher in the study group, while total testosterone and estradiol were similar in PCOS and controls.  As expected, insulin was significantly higher in the study group compared with the control group. Women with PCOS usually have insulin resistance, which leads to hyperinsulinemia. The ovaries of women seem to be particularly sensitive to high blood levels of insulin and respond by overproducing androgens like testosterone. , Results of this study showed that when women in the PCOS group where compared with those in the control group, the ovarian volumes and the number of follicles were significantly higher in the PCOS group. And, this result is in agreement with what is published in the literature. 
Women with PCOS are generally overweight or obese.  It is difficult to draw conclusions about overweight status and PCOS in this study as the majority of the study population, both cases and controls, were overweight.
We studied uterine dimensions and endometrial thickness, and found that neither uterine length nor width in women with PCOS differ from other PCOS women, and this is in agreement with that reported from the other authors.  In our study, mid-cycle endometrial thickness was similar in women with and without PCOS, and this is in contrast with what was found by the other authors. 
Although PCOS women have a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes, none of the women included in this study were found to be diabetic, and even blood glucose levels, either fasting or after loading with 75 g of glucose, were within normal limits. Also, no differences in blood sugar level were noticed between the groups.
Our study failed to show any association of hypertension, whether it is systolic or diastolic, during sitting or lying down between the two groups of women; this was contrary with what was reported. , Both investigators Zachurzok-Buczynska et al. and Azevedo et al. showed an elevation of blood pressure in women with PCOS.
Contrary to the expectations and to what was observed by other authors,  all women included in this study showed normal cholesterol, triglycerides and high- and low-density lipoproteins, and the differences in their metabolic profile were not statistically significant.
The hormonal profile of Saudi women with PCOS was similar with what is already published in the medical literature.  But, despite this, Saudi women with and without PCOS are overweight and they do not suffer from raised blood pressure and metabolic syndrome; this may be due to the fact that women included in this study were relatively young and the sample size might be too small to draw conclusions.
A larger sample size and data from different provinces are recommended.
| Acknowledgment|| |
The authors would like to thank the Deanship of Scientific Research at the University of Dammam for the technical and financial support. They would also like to thank Professor M.H. Al Sibai for his valuable contribution and supervision and Moufida Darmoul for her valuable secretarial support.
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