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Did you know that polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility? There are estimates that as many as one in 10 women may be affected.

PCOS can affect your fertility, your appearance, your physical health and your mental state. Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Inability to get pregnant
  • Infrequent, absent or irregular menstrual periods that indicate oligovulation (infrequent, irregular ovulation) or anovulation (not ovulating)
  • Ovaries with many small follicles (called "cysts") that can be detected via ultrasound; eggs in these follicles don't grow normally
  • Increased hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes
  • Acne, oily skin or dandruff
  • Thinning hair or male pattern baldness
  • Weight gain and obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
  • Excess flaps of skin around the neck or armpit area (skin tags)
  • Dark (brown or black), thickened skin patches (acanthosis nigricans) in areas such as the neck, thighs, arms or breasts
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sleep apnea (breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep)

To find out more about how PCOS is treated, read: Treating PCOS and Infertility and watch as Dr. Daniel Dumesic explains the ways in which PCOS is treated:

If you are experiencing PCOS symptoms such as those above, you should have a complete work-up by a reproductive endocrinologist, also known as a fertility doctor. Click here to find a fertility doctor near you. Or contact our patient care advocates at 855-955-2229 and let them schedule an appointment for you.

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