Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a very common hormone disorder in women and a leading cause of infertility. It is also one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the United States. This month, we and other fertility care specialists want to help spread the word about this disease during PCOS Awareness month.
PCOS is characterized by many seemingly unrelated symptoms and may include irregular or absent periods, lack of ovulation, weight gain, acne, excessive facial hair and infertility. Even more serious, women with PCOS may be at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and endometrial cancer, especially if PCOS is left untreated.
Surprisingly, most women with PCOS don’t even know they have it. Less than 25 percent of women with PCOS have actually been diagnosed, largely because women and their health care providers tend to look at the wide variety of symptoms individually rather than collectively. Most women are never officially diagnosed until they begin struggling with infertility and seek help in getting pregnant.
You can learn more about PCOS at the PCOS Awareness Association web site. And please contact us if you have any questions about PCOS and its treatments.