The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is still unknown, and research is ongoing. With so much we don’t know about PCOS, it’s easy to feel discouraged about the complications and outlook. Having a specialist on your side can help you understand your condition, stay updated, and find solutions that work for you.
At University Reproductive Associates, with offices in Hasbrouck Heights, Wayne, and Hoboken, New Jersey, our fertility experts can diagnose PCOS and help you mitigate the symptoms while safeguarding your fertility.
Fast facts about PCOS
If you suspect you're experiencing PCOS symptoms, visiting our team is essential. Here are five fast facts that can help you learn what PCOS is really like.
1. Not everyone with PCOS is overweight
It’s not uncommon for people with PCOS to struggle with insulin resistance and weight gain, but not everyone who experiences PCOS is overweight. However, for those who are, losing weight can regulate ovulation and reduce symptoms.
2. Ovarian cysts aren’t required for diagnosis
The name polycystic ovary syndrome implies you’d have numerous cysts, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, follicles may struggle to grow or are reabsorbed during your menstrual cycle.
3. Women with PCOS can get pregnant
Like endometriosis, PCOS can cause fertility challenges, but neither prevent you from becoming pregnant completely.
4. Carbohydrates aren’t the problem
Many people with PCOS, especially those struggling with weight, go to great lengths to cut carbs completely. While a high-carb diet can increase symptoms of PCOS, you need complex carbohydrates to fuel the body, and a balanced diet should include them.
5. PCOS is common
It’s estimated that between 8 and 13% of women have PCOS, with up to 70% undiagnosed. As we learn more about polycystic ovary syndrome, many people have come forward with stories about being brushed off, misdiagnosed, or not knowing they had a problem in the first place.
Irregular periods, excess hair, weight gain, and acne are not symptoms to ignore, and consulting with our specialists can help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need.
At University Reproductive Associates, we take your concerns seriously and offer comprehensive evaluations for PCOS. That includes physical and pelvic exams, blood tests, ultrasounds, and additional diagnostics.
Next, we can begin building a treatment plan that addresses your needs. If you plan on having children, our specialists can recommend treatments to help you conceive or preserve your fertility for the future.
To learn more about PCOS, schedule a consultation by calling URA at the location closest to you or by requesting an appointment online.