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What is PCOS?
PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. It affects 6-12% of all women in the US. The condition affects a woman’s hormone levels, so that she produces higher than average male hormones. This imbalance causes many symptoms, such as irregular periods, hair growth on the face and body, baldness, and long term health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. Women with PCOS often have many small, fluid filled sacs growing in their ovaries. The ovaries are responsible for producing estrogen and progesterone, (which regulate the menstrual cycle), and for releasing eggs. The three main symptoms of PCOS are cysts in the ovaries, high levels of male hormones, and irregular periods.
PCOS and fertility
PCOS can cause infertility because it creates an imbalance of reproductive hormones. For women with PCOS, ovulation may be very irregular. With PCOS, eggs may not develop as they should, or ovulation may not occur at all. Sometimes, ovulation can happen some months and not others. If you don’t ovulate, you can’t get pregnant. However, PCOS does not make pregnancy impossible.
Boosting your chances of pregnancy with PCOS
You can still get pregnant with PCOS. It’s one of the most common causes of infertility, but it is manageable and treatable. Here are some ways to reduce your PCOS symptoms, and improve your chances of pregnancy:
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