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,” says Sara A. Meyer, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “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.”
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