It is estimated that one out of every 10-15 women suffer from PCOS, which can be a problem if you are trying to get pregnant.
Remember that you probably won’t experience every symptom. Some women have more symptoms than others, and it is doubtful that yours will be exactly like another person who has PCOS. If you have been trying to conceive for a while without success, and do have symptoms of PCOS, you will need to see a Colorado fertility specialist who is experienced in treating this condition.
Symptoms of PCOS
First of all, you might benefit from some information about PCOS. What is it?
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Although normally it affects women in their reproductive years, girls as young as 11 may have it. This condition is caused by your hormones being imbalanced and can create all manner of health problems, including infertility.
It is something of a vicious circle because first one hormone gets out of balance, which in turn causes another hormone to get out of whack….and so on and so forth. The symptoms of PCOS generally start out fairly mild and progressively worsen over time.
Here are some of the symptoms of PCOS:
- Irregular menstrual periods or no menstrual periods
- Hirsutism, which is an increase of hair growth on your chest, face, back, stomach —even your toes or thumbs
- Thick, dark brown or black patches of skin on your neck, breasts, arms or thighs
- Weight gain, usually around the waist
- Ovarian cysts
- Thinning hair or male-pattern baldness
- Oily skin, acne
- Excess flaps of skin on your neck or armpits, called skin tags
- Sleep apnea, your breathing stops briefly while you are sleeping
- Pelvic pain
If you believe you have some of these symptoms, are there tests that can say whether you have PCOS or not?
How is PCOS Diagnosed?
Unfortunately, there is no single test that can check specifically for PCOS and help with a diagnosis, one way or the other. So, if you want to conceive, this makes it doubly important to see a doctor who is experienced and specializes in PCOS and other infertility issues.
Here are some things that might be done to determine if you have PCOS:
Medical history—You will need to tell the fertility specialist about your menstrual periods, any unexplained weight gain, and symptoms you might be experiencing.
Blood tests—Your androgen hormone and blood sugar levels will be checked.
Pelvic exam—To see if your ovaries are swollen or enlarged due to cysts.
Vaginal ultrasound—This sonogram may be done to examine your pelvic area and check for cysts, as well as to see if the endometrium is thickened due to lack of regular menstrual periods.
PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility or subfertility, but with treatment many women go on to become pregnant.
The top fertility doctor in Colorado is Rocky Mountain Fertility Center. The Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Smith, was recently voted the Best Fertility Doctor in Colorado and has won the Patient’s Choice Award 3 years in a row. She is an expert in the management of PCOS, and maintains a very high success rate with helping women achieve their fertility goals.
Call (303) 999-3877 for more information and scheduling today!