Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an androgen excess disorder that affects between 5 percent and 10 percent of all women. PCOS is a syndrome, not a disease, which means that it is a collection of physical findings and symptoms that suggest a common disorder.
Celebrating your own mom may work, but if not, take a day for yourself
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which focuses on the couple, this commercialized day can be one of the hardest days for a woman coping with infertility.
“Mother’s Day can be a double whammy,” says Andrea Mechanick Braverman, Ph.D., a Pennsylvania health psychologist who specializes in infertility counseling. “Another anniversary of a year gone by without a baby — and a holiday that specifically excludes you.”
As a reproductive endocrinologist, I am frequently asked whether there are steps individuals and couples can take to increase their chance of conceiving without seeing a fertility specialist. Here are some thoughts.
Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of RMA at Jefferson discusses the advantages of egg freezing. She reinforces that the earlier you freeze your eggs the better as there is a greater likelihood of a successfull pregnancy late on if you freeze your eggs at an younger age.
Dr. William Schlaff from RMA at Jefferson discusses what a woman should know about the connection between ovulation and PCOS. Since there is not a PCOS diagnostic test, a fertility doctor will perform different tests related to PCOS.
Dr. William Schlaff from RMA at Jefferson discusses PCOS. Just because a woman might have an irregular or absent period, it does not mean that she absolutely has PCOS. Dr. Schlaff speaks to the importance of getting an accurate and definitive PCOS diagnosis before embarking on any PCOS treatment program.
Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann with RMA at Jefferson discusses the ways in which doctors assess a woman's ability to get pregnant. There are different metrics and blood tests that are used to determine the woman's ability to conceive.
Visiting with a financial counselor at a fertility clinic can be a very overwhelming experience. With so many different factors playing a part: insurance coverage, payment options, treatment packages, and the fear of the unknown, there is no wonder your head is spinning. The process can be managed more easily if you know the right questions to ask. Below you will find the top three questions to ask during your financial consult and why they are important to get answered.