September is PCOS Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

With an estimated 6.7 million women in America suffering from Infertility, awareness is growing. September is dedicated to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and named its awareness month.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this common and silent fertility disease affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age. As many as 5 million women in the United States may be affected and it can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. PCOS can be treated, but cannot be cured. Fertility specialists at Neway Fertility here in New York, NY, are working every day to fight against the disease and help women achieve their goals of starting a family.

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that causes infertility. The hormonal imbalance directly impacts a woman’s ovaries to the point that they do not function normally and can be enlarged with numerous small cysts located along the outer edge of each ovary. Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Infertility is a silent and hidden disease with many women not wanting to share their stories. However, celebrities like The Biggest Loser trainer, Jillian Michaels, have spoken out on her life with PCOS to shed light on this common disease that about 30% of women have at least some characteristics of. Jillian found that a healthy diet of organic and non-processed foods were able to alleviate some of her abdominal pain. There are treatments available such as the below:

  • Low dose birth control- to regulate your menstrual cycle by decreasing androgen (commonly a male hormone) and providing your body with synthetic estrogen and progesterone.
  • Trying to get pregnant? Doctors may provide Clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Serophene) an oral anti-estrogen medication taken when your menstrual cycle first begins to increase chances of ovulation. If clomiphene citrate alone does not help, your doctor may add metformin to help induce ovulation.
  • Overweight or obese – Healthy lifestyle options are encouraged such as eating healthy and exercising which also lowers risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Before seeking treatment for treatment options for PCOS please visit your doctor or Fertility Specialist. Neway Fertility is committed to providing the most innovative and personal care possible to help patients achieve their goals. Their mission is to provide top-quality medicine that is centered on compassion and individualized attention. For more information please visit their website: .

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