Does PCOS cause long-term problems?
If you have PCOS, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes. This means you have a greater risk for strokes and heart attacks.
Problems with menstrual periods may also cause women who have PCOS to be infertile (unable to get pregnant). They may also have a higher risk for cancer of the uterus or breast.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: It's Not Just Infertility by MH Hunter, MD, and JJ Sterrett, PHARM.D (American Family Physician September 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000901/1079.html)
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