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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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Your Age-by-Age Guide to a Healthy Heart

By Janice Graham As you hit one of those big birthdays, you probably worry more about new wrinkles than about less visible body parts — like your heart. But recent research has found that each decade of your life is a crossroads, with new health concerns to worry about. What's more, you need to be aware of these issues — because your doctor may not be. "Many physicians fail to recognize how much a woman's risk factors for heart disease evolve over her lifetime," says Nieca Goldberg,...

Read the Your Age-by-Age Guide to a Healthy Heart article > >

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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Last Updated: March 26, 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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