Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome needs a new name. As it stands, it sounds like the entire condition consists of multiple cysts existing on the ovaries. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Oh, it's a lot bigger deal than that.

The most common endocrine disorder affecting women ages 15-44, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome -- or PCOS, for short -- is first and foremost a whole-body hormonal imbalance. It not only induces infertility, miscarriage, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and low breast milk supply but significantly raises the risk for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer. The name, "polycystic ovarian syndrome," doesn't do justice to the 1 in 10 women of childbearing age with this condition.

PCOS wasn't always the name for this disorder. Ovarian cysts were discovered by 1844, though it took some time yet before the classic polycystic ovary was singled out as a specific disorder. First described in 1935, it was introduced as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome after the American gynecologists responsible for piecing symptoms together.

Today, this original name isn't even in play. Other terms through the decades for this disorder have included polycystic ovary disease, functional ovarian hyperandrogenism, ovarian hyperthecosis, schlerocystic ovary syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is now a household name, but it doesn't quite convey how serious this disorder is. So its been part of the discussion in the wider medical community since 2012 about what would make a better name to describe the complexities of this condition.

Changing names of medical conditions is nothing new. Many disorders are originally named either have the researchers who first describe them, or have a certain symptom or clinical indicator that may otherwise have a small part to play in the whole disorder -- much how polycystic ovaries doesn't event begin to describe the systemic condition that PCOS is.

Like manic depression being renamed bipolar disorder or mongolism being renamed Down syndrome, a name change to PCOS could be more sensitive to the women affected by this condition as well as better define it for the professionals treating it.

Surveys revealed that both patients with PCOS and health care professionals overwhelming agree that a name change is in order. A National Institutes of Health panel in 2012 proposed two possible updated names: Metabolic Reproductive Syndrome or Reproductive Metabolic Syndrome.

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Metabolic Reproductive Syndrome seemed at first to really gain traction. But here we are, six years later and PCOS is very much still the term for the diagnosis. Metabolic Reproductive Disorder is...where?

It appears the name change is stuck in limbo, its momentum halted by a lack of agreement on the part of the big players in medical condition names -- research journals, women's health initiatives, and disease-naming processes.

Rather, it appears that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome -- as a name -- is being phased out to simply its acronym: PCOS. Think of it like Kentucky Fried Chicken rebranding itself as KFC. While we know what KFC stands for, the acronym seems less old-fashioned than its expanded name. And younger generations may very well grow up not even realizing that KFC had any other name. Just the same, perhaps younger generations of patients, health care providers, and researchers will increasingly identify PCOS as the wide collective of symptoms it is beyond the narrow perspective of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

And with time, maybe Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome will just fade away into the oblivion of antiquated terms like Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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