Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a reproductive disorder and the leading cause of infertility. It can also lead to obesity, endometrial cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. Because PCOS affects metabolism and hormones, it’s a serious condition that needs treatment. Unfortunately, many women who have PCOS don’t realize that’s the cause of their infertility, weight gain, and other concerns, and they might not be getting the answers they need from their doctors.
For these reasons, September has been designated as National PCOS Awareness Month. This is a federally designated event, and the 2023 theme is Empowered Patients, Better Outcomes. The goal of this year’s PCOS Awareness Month is to highlight the value of patient empowerment in fighting Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. While there’s currently no cure, this is a treatable condition. However, women need to work with their healthcare professionals, and without awareness that is much more difficult.
Diet and medication are two of the best ways to manage PCOS symptoms, especially for women who are trying to get pregnant naturally. In some cases, this still may not be enough and infertility treatments such as IVF will be needed. Other women with PCOS may be able to get their symptoms under control enough to have children without additional assistance from reproductive technology.
Women who have PCOS make too much androgen, which is typically a male hormone. That can stop them from ovulating, and may cause pain, bloating, irregular periods, and other health issues. The specific cause of PCOS isn’t known, but symptoms generally start right around a woman’s first period. Some women don’t show symptoms at that time, though, and will develop PCOS at a later date.
If you suspect that you have PCOS, or you have one or more symptoms of it, working with your doctor can help you find treatment options. That’s important for your overall health, and also for your opportunity to have biological children. It’s better to seek treatment sooner rather than later, and to continue looking for a doctor who will take your concerns seriously if you don’t have that experience with your current healthcare provider. Awareness can make a difference for your health and fertility!
For women interested in starting a family, or for those who have experienced difficulty in doing so, it becomes increasingly imperative to recognize the signs and symptoms which can be indicators for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Please schedule your complimentary virtual consultation today!