Does Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Put Women at Higher Risk of Developing Additional Conditions?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of childbearing age. In a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica ScandinavicaWomen with PCOS were also diagnosed with migraines, high blood pressure, tendinitis, osteoarthritis and endometriosis more frequently than other women. Affected women also took medication more often and reported poorer health than women without PCOS.
The study included 246 women with PCOS symptoms or diagnoses and 1,573 controls who were interviewed during their late reproductive years at age 46.
PCOS is often referred to as a reproductive problem; In most cases, however, this is managed well with fertility treatments. Our study underscores the need for health professionals to recognize the risk of multiple comorbidities and the increased health burden associated with this common syndrome. Women should also be aware of this risk and be supported by early diagnosis and treatment.”
Terhi T. Piltonen, MD, PhD, Senior Author, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland