What is PCOS and Who is Most Likely to Have It?

PCOS is a well-known cause of fertility issues in women.  However, many people are unaware of what PCOS is and how it affects the body.  Understanding how PCOS impacts fertility and which individuals are most likely to develop the disorder can help you to recognize symptoms.

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PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a disorder that affects a woman’s reproductive system.  The disorder causes a number of issues including having ovaries that are enlarged and which contain multiple cysts.  The symptoms of the disorder include:

  • Infrequent periods or the absence of periods
  • Hair growth, especially on the face
  • Obesity
  • Acne
  • Difficulty conceiving

Doctors do not have a definitive answer as to why some women develop the disease.  However, many women find the symptoms of the disorder are reduced once she loses the excess weight.

Risk Factors

PCOS is commonly associated with other chronic health issues including:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Abnormal periods
  • Depression

Individuals who have these conditions and are having difficulty conceiving should discuss their concerns with their physicians.

Diagnosing PCOS

There is no single test that provides a confirmation for a PCOS diagnosis.  Instead, multiple tests are used in order to diagnose the condition.  Diagnosing PCOS often includes:

  • Providing detailed information on your medical history
  • A physical exam that collects vital signs
  • A pelvic exam where your uterus, cervix, and ovaries are evaluated
  • Blood tests to determine hormone levels
  • An ultrasound to look at the ovaries and your uterine lining

These tests are used to rule out other fertility issues with similar symptoms.  Additionally, the results provide doctors with key information needed to establish a personalized treatment plan.  Treating PCOS is based on whether a woman is trying to conceive and each individual’s specific medical needs.

For additional information on PCOS and treatment options to help you become pregnant, contact a member of our team today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.


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