September is PCOS awareness month! In honor of spreading awareness and to help further educate women on this condition, we have compiled a quick list of the most common signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a common condition that affects 1 and 10 women. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones causing an imbalance in their bodies. This is what leads to skipped menstrual periods and in turn, makes it harder to get pregnant.

Many women have PCOS but don’t know it. Studies show that up to 70 percent of women with PCOS are not properly diagnosed. Some doctors also believe PCOS to be a genetic trait, meaning the condition might run in the family.

Signs of PCOS:

  • Irregular or prolonged periods
  • Unwanted/extra hair
  • Acne
  • Excessive bloating and cramps during menstruation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Trouble conceiving

How to Treat PCOS:

  • Birth control pills
  • Diabetes drugs (which combat insulin resistance, a PCOS symptom)
  • Frequent exercise
  • Healthy diet

Will PCOS cause me to be infertile?

PCOS does not cause infertility in all women with the condition, so don’t stress that you will never be able to naturally conceive, it is completely possible!

Some women may require help from a fertility specialist in order to have a baby though depending on if they are ovulating normally or not. It’s best to discuss your specific case with a fertility specialist to find out what treatment is right for you!

Why New Hope?

New Hope Fertility Center is home to world-renowned fertility specialists. We custom-design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. Our team is well-versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals and we are passionate about educating, and supporting our patients throughout their journey. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (347) 970-8479 or schedule your initial consultation today!