PCOS and Infertility

According to the CDC, polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is one of the most common causes of female infertility in the United States. In fact, 1 in 10 women of child-bearing age are affected. Unfortunately, PCOS comes with a lot more than just infertility. This lifelong condition is associated with hormone imbalance, which can bring a range of unwanted symptoms in addition to infertility, such as the following:

The symptoms of PCOS may include:

What is PCOS and How Does It Impact Fertility?

To understand how PCOS makes it difficult to get pregnant, it is important to understand how this female condition develops. PCOS causes a woman’s body to produce abnormally high levels of androgens. Androgens are considered male sex hormones that are typically only present in small amounts in women. When androgen levels are high in the female body, the ovulation process is disrupted. PCOS can interfere with healthy egg development as well as its release, which often leads to an irregular period and challenge getting pregnant.

Treating PCOS

Treating PCOS depends on several factors and may look different for each woman. While medication is available to reduce the symptoms or health problems associated with PCOS, this isn’t a cure. Many women with PCOS greatly benefit from a change in lifestyle choices, not smoking, a healthy diet and increased exercise can help manage weight and stress, as well as improve insulin resistance (which is a common problem with this condition). If you do not plan on getting pregnant, your treatment may include birth control pills to help regulate your hormones. If hair growth, acne and other skin issues are your most disheartening symptoms of PCOS, you may want to consider cosmetic treatments from a dermatologist.

If you are having trouble getting pregnant and have signs of PCOS, please consult our team of experts at North Pointe OB/GYN in Cumming. We are here to help you navigate and minimize the challenges of PCOS.

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