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PCOS Awareness Month: Infertility, Other Symptoms and Treatment

PCOS Awareness Month

Most cases of female infertility are due to your ovaries not producing or not releasing eggs on a regular basis. Your cycle could be out of sync because you have a hormonal condition, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), in which your body produces too much testosterone and you don’t ovulate normally.

Septemeber is PCOS Awareness Month and it's important to know that it is a common endocrine condition in reproductive-aged women. It affecting about 5-10% of young women and often leads to difficulty conceiving. Women with this condition can experience irregular periods, abnormal hair growth, acne, and can have ovaries containing multiple small cysts.

OC Fertility's Dr. Nidhee Sachdev explains the condition and how it may affect your fertility—and why it's important to talk to your doctor.

Insulin resistance can occur in women with PCOS. A simple blood test can determine if a person is insulin resistant. If the test indicates insulin resistance exists, women with PCOS may be treated with lifestyle changes or medication.

Women with PCOS appear to be at increased risk for endometrial (uterine) cancer later in life due to persistently higher levels of circulating estrogens.

It's important to get checked and we're here to help!

If you already have the diagnosis and are looking for community support, check out PCOS Challenge, where you'll find a vibrant community.

Author
Dr. Nidhee Sachdev Dr. Nidhee Sachdev Nidhee Sachdev, MD has trained among the most prestigious and diverse medical programs in the country, including fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the prestigious New York University (NYU) Langone Fertility Center in New York City where she conducted research on preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she earned the academic distinction of chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology, and trained under a top recurrent pregnancy loss expert. Dr. Sachdev is passionate about providing individualized, collaborative patient care. She started her medical career right here in Orange County, earning her Doctor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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