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Female Infertility and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

by Jocelyn Maminta, News 8 Health Producer,,  June 14, 2010
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It is believed to be one of the leading causes of female infertility but few have ever heard of it. That's why there's a push to get the word out about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Awareness of the genetic condition PCOS --Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome -- has increased over the years. But there are still not enough women and doctors who know about it.

Ask Angi Ingalls about PCOS and you'll get a quick education. She was diagnosed when she was just 12-years-old.

"I was a very skinny kid and then around nine-ish, I started getting bigger and, I would say, a lot of the precocious puberty symptoms and by age 10, I was ballooned out,” Angi Ingalls explained.

Being overweight and having irregular cycles, acne, and excessive hair growth are symptoms of PCOS. This metabolic imbalance creates a major issue – infertility.

"The more we look, the more we find women with PCOS,” says Dr. Gad Lavy, who heads up the New England Fertility Institute .

"Those cysts are actually eggs that are basically arrested in their development because of their metabolic disorder,” he explains. “So that’s why it affects the cycle, why it affects fertility." Read more.


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