Although it may not be as commonly known as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is in fact one of the most common reproductive health concerns facing women. According to data from the US Department of Health & Human Services, PCOS affects 1 in every 10 women of childbearing age. In the spirit of patient education, the reproductive healthcare experts here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to share a few important facts about PCOS that we believe all women should be aware of.
Fact #1: Women with PCOS can still become pregnant.
PCOS is a very common cause of infertility in women. This is due to a hormonal imbalance that can interfere with the ovulation process. However, women with PCOS can become pregnant, oftentimes without seeking medical attention. Women with PCOS who are having a difficult time becoming pregnant may benefit from treatments including medications that can help induce ovulation or in vitro fertilization (or IVF).
Fact #2: PCOS is linked to other health problems in women.
In addition to infertility, PCOS can increase women’s risk of developing potentially serious health concerns. Most notably diabetes, as it is estimated that over half of all women with PCOS develop type 2 diabetes by age 40. This includes gestational diabetes in pregnant women. PCOS can also significantly increase a woman’s chances of experiencing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can potentially lead to heart disease and stroke. There is also a link between PCOS and mental health issues including depression and anxiety.
Fact #3: Losing weight can help reduce the effects of PCOS.
Moderate weight loss can help lower blood glucose levels, improve the way the body uses insulin, and regulate hormones. Maintaining a healthy, stable body weight can also help make menstrual cycles more regular and lower women’s risk of experiencing fertility issues associated with PCOS.
The board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett have many years of experience diagnosing and treating women with PCOS. We understand that every woman has different needs and preferences, so we take the time to fully discuss their situation and help establish an individualized treatment plan that is most beneficial for them. If you would like more information about PCOS or to request an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and more.