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What is PCOS, Anyway? And Is It Affecting Your Fertility?

PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a serious condition that impacts a woman’s fertility. A hormone imbalance is the cause of many of the issues associated with PCOS including irregular ovulation, facial hair growth, and acne. The condition is one of the leading causes of fertility issues in women.

PCOS Explained

In the human body, hormones are responsible for triggering and responding to a number of bodily functions. When hormone levels are out of balance, the body cannot operate correctly, which results in fertility issues. When a woman has PCOS, her body produces more than the normal amount of male hormones. Additionally, her body may become resistant to insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels which in turn causes other health issues.

Symptoms of PCOS  PCOS

The severity of symptoms of PCOS can vary wildly between individuals. Some women will have only mild versions of a couple of symptoms while others have severe versions of all of the issues. Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Overgrowth of facial hair
  • Gaining weight
  • Having difficulty losing weight
  • Hair that begins to thin on the head
  • Irregular or missing periods
  • Depressions
  • The inability to become pregnant despite trying

PCOS and Fertility

Because PCOS directly impacts hormone production, women with the condition often are unable to become pregnant without assistance. Often, fertility medication that adjust hormone levels is necessary for a woman to begin ovulating on a regular basis.

Treating PCOS

There is currently no cure for PCOS. Additionally, doctors are not sure about what causes the issue, although some lifestyles increase the chance of a woman developing the condition. Several things have been shown to decrease the symptoms and impact of PCOS:

  • Getting to a health weight for her height is the single best treatment for PCOS
  • Adopting a low carb diet and taking care not to have large spikes in blood sugar is key to avoiding insulin resistance
  • Exercising regularly can help women to get to and remain at a healthy weight.

If you have the symptoms of PCOS or are ready to begin fertility treatment, contact  New Hope Fertility Center. Please click the link below to enter your information and a fertility specialist from New Hope will contact you - or, simply call 212.969.7422.



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