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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - What Increases Your Risk

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 side.

A family history of diabetes may increase your risk for PCOS because of the strong relationship between diabetes and PCOS.

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Long-term use of the seizure medicine valproate (such as Depakote) has been linked to an increased risk of PCOS.1

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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