Study links disorder with pregnancy complications

October 14, 2011 3:43:31 PM PDT
A common hormonal disorder could be the cause of several pregnancy complications.

A new study finds polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS could be tied to complications such as preeclampsia, diabetes and premature birth.

Experts say PCOS affects between 5 and 15% of women of reproductive age. Symptoms include irregular periods, ovulation problems, weight gain and excessive hair growth.

Also, women with the disorder typically have small cysts on their ovaries.

Scientists reporting in the online edition of the British Medical Journal say these women may need increased surveillance during pregnancy and childbirth.

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