Understanding PCOS - RD20

Understanding PCOS

by Natalie Weiss, RD, LDN
(4.5 / 156 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age and is one of the leading causes of infertility. PCOS is a complex hormonal disorder that involves multiple organ systems within the body, with a strong correlation to insulin resistance. There is a wide variation in the etiology, signs, and symptoms of PCOS, which makes diagnosing difficult. Individualized treatment plans for PCOS include diet, lifestyle changes, weight reduction, exercise, and medication. Teaching women what they need to do to alleviate the symptoms and prevent the long-term consequences of PCOS will empower them to take back control of their life.


The goal of this polycystic ovarian syndrome continuing education program is to help the dietitian, dietary manager, fitness professional, and health educator understand the etiology and diagnosis of PCOS and how individualized treatment with diet, exercise, medication, and lifestyle changes alleviate symptoms, discomfort, and infertility. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the physical and clinical signs of PCOS
  • Describe the role of insulin, androgens, dyslipidemia, and environmental factors in PCOS
  • Explain how lifestyle changes, including diet, medications, exercise, weight reduction, and behavioral changes, play a role in the therapy and treatment of PCOS

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Dietitians : Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3020, 3090, 4000, 4180, 5000, 5290.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 6/14/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/17/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/17/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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SHERRY P - BAYTOWN, TX  ·  Dec 05, 2018
Supporting research/newer findings excellent and helpful.
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MARIA N - Warminster, PA  ·  Aug 19, 2018
This course helped me learn more about nutrition therapy for my PCOS patients and how to improve their health through food
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Demi M - Nacogdoches, TX  ·  May 25, 2018
Very generic info that most people already know about pcos
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Aleene P - South Jordan, UT  ·  May 17, 2018
Great review and summary of recent literature on PCOS.
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Sharon S - Ukiah, CA  ·  May 01, 2018
a lot of useful information, yet redundant in parts. I learned a lot but found I was skimming areas that seemed repetitive.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50