Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, commonly known as PCOS, affects millions of women across the United States and is actually very common. In honor of PCOS Awareness Month, here are 5 facts about PCOS:
- 1 in 10 women are affected by PCOS whether they are diagnosed properly or not. In fact, PCOS can occur anytime after puberty and even affect women after menopause. If you are exhibiting PCOS symptoms, schedule an appointment with a gynecologist to find out whether you are experiencing PCOS or something else.
- The most common symptom of PCOS is irregular or missed periods but may also be accompanied by other symptoms such as: difficulty TTC, excessive hair growth, weight gain, hair thinning/loss and acne prone skin.
- PCOS symptoms can be managed. Your gynecologist can offer you advice on lifestyle and diet change as well as prescribing certain medications that may help ease your symptoms.
- PCOS is a common cause of infertility due to irregular ovulation or even not ovulating at all. Women with PCOS who are TTC without success should reach out to an infertility specialist to discuss their options.
- You can still get pregnant with PCOS! It may be more difficult to conceive naturally with PCOS but it is possible and your chances of conceiving further increase with the help of fertility medications or IVF treatment.
If you suffer from PCOS and are TTC without success, the team at REACH are here to help you through every step of your fertility journey. If you have more questions about PCOS and trying to conceive with PCOS or would like to schedule your first visit contact us today at 704.343.4444.