Today, Thur 10th September 2020, is International Gynecology Awareness Day.
Although PCOS is far more than just a fertility / gynecology issue, (see Day 11 blog for more details on this!) one of the long-term health risks associated with a diagnosis of PCOS is endometrial cancer.
Women who have very infrequent periods – fewer than four a year – may have an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer, if the womb lining (endometrium) becomes too thick. Fortunately, this type of cancer is still quite rare and the risk can be minimised by using appropriate treatments to regulate periods. Possible treatments include the oral contraceptive pill (either combined pill or mini pill), progesterone tablets or a progesterone releasing coil.
Endometrial cancer (also know as womb cancer, or uterine cancer) is more common in women who have gone through the menopause, and any bleeding after a woman has been through the menopause should be taken seriously. Unusually heavy bleeding or bleeding inbetween periods should also be investigated. The key is knowing what is normal for your body, and seeking help if you notice anything unusual.
A good place for more information on endometrial cancer is the NHS website.
Until tomorrow… Sharon 🙂