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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

If a woman has irregular periods; excess hair growth over her face, chest and back; extreme problems with acne; or difficulties becoming pregnant, she may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine disorder that is thought to be one of the leading causes of female fertility problems.

Women with PCOS have an increased amount of male hormones. They also may have insulin resistance, which can lead to weight problems. All these hormonal issues can increase a woman’s risk for uterine cancer.

Treatment depends on whether the woman wants to become pregnant or not, so it is best to discuss treatment options with your OB/GYN.

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