PCOS is a complex hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects up to 15% of women.
PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women.
Women with PCOS constitute the largest group of women at risk for developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate more than 50% of women with PCOS will become diabetic or prediabtic before age 40.
Some studies have shown women with PCOS to be at three times higher risk for endometrial cancer, two times higher risk for ovarian cancer, and two to four times higher risk for breast cancer.
Some studies have shown due to symptoms of anxiety and depression, suicide attempts are up to seven times more common in women with PCOS than other women.
Pre-teens and teens can develop PCOS. Earlier diagnosis can give them the opportunity to better manage the emotional, internal and physical effects of PCOS. It can also help them prevent the onset of more serious illnesses related to PCOS.
Despite affecting millions of women and the serious health consequences, PCOS is unknown to most people and a staggering 50% of the women living with PCOS are going undiagnosed.
Northwestern University is currently recruiting women and their relatives for their research on PCOS. The purpose of these studies is to better understand the cause of PCOS, the problems associated with it, how PCOS affects family members and to determine if there is a way to predict if a girl will get PCOS later in life.
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