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Are there disorders or conditions associated with PCOS?

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at higher risk for several other health conditions, some of them serious.

  • Insulin Resistance

  • Metabolic Syndrome

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure (Cardiovascular Disease)

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Mood Disorders

  • Inflammation



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