Unfortunately, hormone replacement therapy also comes with risks. These include a slightly increased risk of breast cancer and thrombosis, or blood clots. It is important to discuss both the benefits and risks with your doctor before you decide to start hormone replacement therapy. Also, make sure your health-care provider is familiar with PCOS and can help you select a treatment plan that will take into consideration the specific problems associated with PCOS. Since many women are now living well past their 80s, the time spent post-menopausal can be thirty or more years. We know that women with PCOS are already at higher risk for developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and endometrial cancer. Because such risks only increase with age, treating PCOS during and after menopause can minimize the risk of developing these illnesses.
Living with PCOS by Angela Boss and Evelina Weidman Sterling, copyright 2001. Reprinted with permission.