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Approximately 6 to 10 percent of woman have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), one of the most common reproductive disorders. PCOS is a disorder of the endocrine system that often results in elevated male hormone levels, ovulatory dysfunction, and multiple ovarian cysts. Some women with PCOS display no symptoms; others have irregular periods (due to abnormal ovulation), thyroid imbalance, excessive hair growth and metabolic problems such as increased incidents of type 2 diabetes and glucose intolerance.
“Clinically, it's important to know where a woman is on the spectrum, because it has a direct bearing on how you're going to evaluate that woman prior to any attempt to conceive, but also lower the chance of miscarriage,” according to Dr. Daniel Dumesic, Division Chief of UCLA Fertility and Reproductive Health Center,
PCOS can be very manageable he says, as long as you work with a physician who understands the disorder well, the patient’s needs and the transition of care as the patient’s needs change. For example, a younger woman might seek care for an irregular period, but she’s not trying to get pregnant. The same woman might later seek infertility treatment, and years later after she’s had her family she may need to concern herself with metabolic aspects of the condition, Dumesic says.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a doctor who specializes in PCOS, call our Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-2229.