Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Anovulatory Disorders in Lean and Overweight Women


This study is being conducted in order to better understand the complex relationship between nutrition, metabolism and reproductive health in women.  Namely, the researchers are exploring how dietary intake, physical activity, body composition and metabolic hormones reflect ovarian function. By using ultrasound to assess how the ovaries are functioning, the researchers can immediately develop criteria that will help healthcare providers to diagnosis different types of disorders related to impaired ovulation in women across all ages and body sizes. 


  • Overweight
  • PCOS
  • Irregular cycles 
Contact Name: 
Pankaj Patel
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Ages: 18-45 years

Gender: Women

Accepts healthy volunteers: Yes

Inclusion Criteria

1) Aged 18-45 years

2) At least 2y post-menarche

3) BMI > 18.5kg/m2

4) Good visibility of the ovaries on ultrasound

Exclusion Criteria

1) Weight > 500lbs (due to DXA weight restriction)

2) Currently pregnant or breast feeding

3) History of ovarian surgery

4) Use of medications or supplements known or suspected to interfere with reproductive function and/or glucose and lipid metabolism in the past 3 months

5) Evidence of reproductive aging as assessed by the principal criteria of STRAW+10 stages

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