Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which there are many small cysts in the ovaries. These cysts can affect a woman’s fertility because they disturb hormone cycles. Usually women with PCOS have low levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and high levels of androgens (male hormones).
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PCOS affects about 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age, and related symptoms and even a diagnosis can be confusing. We talked with Dr. Deborah Wachs, a reproductive endocrinologist with Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area, to answer fertility patients’ frequently asked questions about PCOS.
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