Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder in women that is also the leading cause of female infertility. September is recognized as PCOS Awareness Month–a time for all of us to promote understanding of one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the world.
According to WomensHealth.gov, 10% of women of childbearing age suffer from PCOS, but fewer than 25% of these women are diagnosed.
PCOS is characterized by three common characteristics: irregular or absent periods, excess androgens (elevated testosterone and androstenedione levels) and multiple cystic areas on the ovaries.
There is currently no cure for PCOS. However, Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey offers a few treatment options for women with PCOS who want to get pregnant. To learn more, listen to this podcast with Dr. Alan Martinez, who discusses PCOS and its treatment.