PCOS and Menopause: Beyond Hormones and Hot Flashes

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy in women of reproductive age, affecting 9% to 18% of this population worldwide. Once viewed solely as a reproductive disorder affecting women only during their fertile years, PCOS is now known to have numerous metabolic risks that start early in adulthood and persist throughout a woman’s lifespan. This article discusses PCOS and its associated risk factors, how PCOS changes with age, and effective evidence-based treatment options.

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PCOS and Endometrial Cancer: What Women Need to Know

While women with PCOS have not been shown to be at a higher risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer, they are at an increased risk for endometrial cancer, this according to findings of a large population-based cohort study of over 8,000 women with PCOS. This study, published in the Journal of Medicine found that women with PCOS have an overall 17-fold higher risk of developing endometrial cancer. An alarming finding was that the majority of women with endometrial cancer were under the age of 50. Earlier reports showed women with PCOS and endometrial hyperplasia have four times greater risk of developing endometrial cancer than women without PCOS. Endometrial cancer can be prevented. Here’s what women with PCOS need to know about endometrial cancer and how to reduce their risk.

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PCOS and Hair Loss: Effective Treatment Options

Hair loss is one of the most frustrating symptoms reported by women with PCOS. Hair loss is also one of the hardest symptoms to treat. The good news is that newer treatment options are offering hope. Here are some of the most effective treatments for hair loss for those suffering from PCOS.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and PCOS

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Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) according to findings presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Androgen Excess & PCOS Society. One report suggests PCOS women are 30 times more likely to have OSA (low slow wave activity, sleep loss, oxygen deficiency) than compared with controls. Here’s what women with PCOS need to know about OSA.

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PCOS and Hysterectomy: Is it a Cure?

It is a large myth that a hysterectomy is a cure for the millions of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As the name implies, PCOS does involve the ovaries, a source of excess androgens and the frustrating and unwanted symptoms that go with it. It would then seem likely that removal of the ovaries would cure PCOS. However much is now know about PCOS beyond the ovaries and how it changes with age. Here’s what women with PCOS should know about the pros and cons of a hysterectomy and why women can still suffer from the hormonal effects of PCOS even with their ovaries removed.

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Inositols Decrease Gestational Diabetes in PCOS Women

Many of you may be familiar with inositols and their potential benefits for women with PCOS.  But, did you know that inositols may also decrease your risk of gestational diabetes? Having optimal inositol levels is very important for women who are pregnant or are trying to conceive. Women with PCOS are 2 ½ to 3 ½ times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than pregnant women without PCOS. In this article, we review the basics of gestational diabetes and explain how women with PCOS can potentially decrease their risk by taking an inositol supplement.

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