There is a clear link between weight and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It is estimated that 50 to 60 percent of women with PCOS are obese, and more are somewhat overweight. Research shows that in the majority of women high levels of insulin are responsible for weight gain and other aspects of PCOS including infertility. But what does this mean for women with PCOS, especially those who want to become pregnant?
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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).
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.
Hillary Wright, Director of Nutritional Counseling at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF discusses nutrition as it relates to PCOS.