The main risk factor for
polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a family history
of it. Your chance of
having it is higher if other women in your family have it or have irregular periods
or diabetes. PCOS can be passed down from either your mother's or father's
A family history of
diabetes may increase your risk for PCOS because of
the strong relationship between diabetes and PCOS.
It is possible that the main title of the report Graves' Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Long-term use of the seizure medicine valproate (such as
Depakote) has been linked to an increased risk of PCOS.1
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March 26, 2014
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