One in every 10 women of childbearing age suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). At his practice located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City, infertility and reproductive medicine specialist, Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, can help you manage the hormonal imbalances and metabolism problems that characterize the condition. Call his office or book an appointment online to learn how to overcome the fertility issues involved with PCOS.
PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance in women and occurs when a woman has higher level of androgens, or male hormones, than normal. As a result, women with PCOS have problems with their ovaries in regards to egg development and ovulation. Insulin resistance is also associated with PCOS.
The condition usually affects women of childbearing age and most likely has a genetic component.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms. These include:
Infertility often is a result of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common cause of infertility, but treatments can usually help you achieve a normal pregnancy.
Dr. Loucopoulos recommends lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, exercise, and a healthy diet to help ease the symptoms of PCOS and potentially make your menstrual cycle more regular so that you can get pregnant.
He may also offer medications that help you ovulate, such as Clomid. When medications fail, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is an option. During IVF, your mature eggs are harvested and fertilized in a laboratory with your partner’s or a donor’s sperm. Dr. Loucopoulos then places the resulting embryo into your uterus for implantation.
If you’re able to become pregnant with polycystic ovary syndrome, you are at a slightly higher risk for some complications. Dr. Loucopoulos will monitor you for miscarriage, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia.
Before you get pregnant, he may recommend you reach a healthy weight and achieve a lower blood sugar level to help reduce your risk of pregnancy complications. You should also take a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid to keep your fetus healthy and reduce the risk of certain birth defects.
To learn more about polycystic ovary syndrome and its effects on your fertility, call the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, or book an appointment online.