Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (cont.)
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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.
When To Call a Doctor
Polycystic ovary syndrom (PCOS) causes a wide range of symptoms, so it may be hard to know when to see your doctor. But early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. See your doctor if you have symptoms that suggest PCOS.
Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical care if:
Call your doctor if you have:
Taking a wait-and-see approach (called watchful waiting) is not appropriate if you may have PCOS. Early diagnosis and treatment may help prevent future problems.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat PCOS include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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