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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is indicated by many small cysts in the ovaries and is one of the most common causes of ovulation disorders.

PCOS Articles

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?

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.

PCOS Videos

What Fertility Drugs Help Induce Ovulation in PCOS Patients?

Dr. William Sclaff from RMA at Jefferson discusses which fertility drugs help induce ovulation in PCOS patients.

Is PCOS Treatment Successful?

Dr. Rashmi Kudesia of RMA of New York discusses PCOS treatment success. Dr. Kudesia enforces that each patient's need is different when finding the correct medication regimen.

If I Have an Irregular Period or No Period Do I Have 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.