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PCOS Symptoms

PCOS Symptoms and Other Medical Conditions

Women with PCOS can be at an increased risk for developing several other conditions. Irregular menstrual periods and the absence of ovulation cause women to produce the hormone estrogen but not the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, which causes the endometrium to shed each month as a menstrual period, the endometrium becomes thick. This can cause heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding. Eventually, this can lead to endometrial hyperplasia or cancer.
Women with symptoms of PCOS are also at higher risk for:
Fortunately, getting these symptoms under control at an earlier age may help to reduce this risk.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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