Why the Infertility Doctor Recommends PCOS Screening

EmbryologistsPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal condition adversely affecting the fertility of one in five women. A diagnosis of PCOS is confirmed through a complete screening. The good news: Dr. Laurence Jacobs has spearheaded a PCOS Screening Program to accurately confirm the presence of this disease.

PCOS Screening Program

Dr. Laurence Jacobs provides a PCOS Screening Program that entails a questionnaire, a vaginal ultrasound, and blood work performed on days 2, 3, 4 of a woman’s menstrual cycle. When irregularities are found, a physical exam and possible adrenal testing will follow.

PCOS Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances cause women to have irregular menstrual cycles because ovulation does not occur regularly. These women have difficulty conceiving.

  • Elevated levels of luteinising hormone
  • Reduced levels of follicle stimulating hormone
  • Underproduction of oestrogen – female hormones
  • Overproduction of androgens – male hormones
  • Cysts form on the ovaries

PCOS Symptoms

PCOS is a condition causing a woman to be infertile due to cysts growing on her ovaries. Fluid-filled sacs (cysts) develop and grow when a woman produces excessive male hormones.

  • Irregular periods
  • Absent periods
  • Infrequent ovulation
  • Lack of ovulation
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Acne
  • Obesity – excessive weight gain

Women with PCOS also experience:

  • Impaired glucose intolerance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Uterine cancer

Treating PCOS

A woman’s overall health and PCOS-related symptoms can be improve through the use of insulin-sensitizing medications, such as Metformin.

Other helpful lifestyle changes for treating PCOS:

  • Low-carb diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Weight loss of 5 to 10 percent

Treating Infertility Caused By PCOS

Ovulation inducing medications are very successful in helping a woman to properly ovulate. To overcome PCOS – and achieve a successful pregnancy – frequent IUI and/or IVF cycles may be needed. Women with PCOS respond very well to injectable fertility medications and have a high percentage rate of successful ovulation.

PCOS U.S. Senate Resolution

Recently, in December of 2017, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.336 – a resolution recognizing the seriousness of PCOS and expressing support for the designation of the month of September 2018 as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month. The passage of this resolution marks the first time there has been a national focus on PCOS. The month of September will mark a yearly national effort to increase awareness of and education about PCOS among the general public. The goal is to improve the quality of life for women and teen girls suffering from PCOS.

The Infertility Doctor

Dr. Laurence Jacobs wants to help you overcome PCOS. The Infertility Doctor has beautiful offices located in Hoffman Estates IL and Buffalo Grove IL. Dr. Jacobs is the Senior Doctor at Fertility Centers of Illinois and has privileges in 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located in the Chicagoland area. After you consult with Dr. Jacobs, you can choose from all convenient locations to pursue your customized IVF treatment plan.

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