The month of September is a time for all fertility care specialists to promote Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness to their patients and the general public. PCOS is a serious reproductive disorder that adversely affects the fertility of women. Because they don’t know the signs and symptoms, most women don’t suspect PCOS as the cause of their inability to get pregnant. The PCOS movement offers supportive resources, information, and events.
When a woman’s body generates excessive androgens – male hormones – cysts grow on her ovaries. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility and affects 20 percent of women in America. The best treatment for infertile women suffering from PCOS is IVF. Women suffering from infertility due to PCOS respond very well to injectable fertility medications and have a high percentage rate of successful ovulation.
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Pelvic pain
- Excess hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, thighs
- Weight gain
- Acne and oily skin
- Patches of thickened skin
Complications of PCOS can include:
- Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis — a severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver
- Metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that significantly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Depression, anxiety and eating disorders
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Cancer of the uterine lining (endometrial cancer)
Ovulation Problems Due to PCOS
- No ovulation (anovulation)
- Infrequent or irregular ovulation
Menstrual Cycle Problems Due to PCOS
Irregular menstrual cycles occur when a woman does not ovulate regularly
- No periods at all
- Infrequent periods
- Periods that occur too frequently
- Heavy periods lasting for many days/weeks
- Bleeding/Spotting occurring between apparently normal cycles
Important Fertility Awareness Movements
Other fertility awareness dates throughout the year.
- Cervical Health Awareness Month: January
- Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
- National Woman’s Health Week: May 8th – 14th
- World Infertility Awareness Month: June
- Men’s Health Month: June
- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: October
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: October 15th
The Compassionate Infertility Doctor
It is important to work with a compassionate infertility doctor having over 38 years of clinical diagnostic and successful treatment experience.
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs has two beautiful office 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.
Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.