Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment in NYC
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. PCOS can cause difficulty with getting pregnant due to chronic anovulation (lack of ovulation). The condition is typically diagnosed based on physical signs and symptoms. In some cases, blood tests or a pelvic ultrasound may be used to confirm the diagnosis and to determine the proper course of treatment.
Even if you have PCOS, it’s entirely possible to have a successful pregnancy. We have a high success rate in helping women with PCOS become pregnant through fertility treatments including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Learn more about PCOS and fertility at New York Fertility & IVF Surgery Associates below, or request a consultation using the form on this page.
What causes polycystic ovary syndrome?
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but there are numerous factors that are believed to play a role in its development, including:
- Excess insulin production
- Low-grade inflammation
What are the signs and symptoms of PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with signs and symptoms including:
- Irregular periods
- Elevated levels of male hormones (androgen), which can cause acne and excess facial and body hair
- Enlarged ovaries containing fluid-filled sacs surrounding the eggs
- Metabolic syndrome
How is PCOS related to infertility?
The excess androgen production associated with PCOS often leads to irregular or absent ovulation. Because of these problems with ovulation, women with PCOS may have difficulty becoming pregnant.
Can I become pregnant if I have PCOS?
The chance of becoming pregnant with polycystic ovary syndrome using fertility treatments is quite high. The appropriate fertility treatment will depend upon your unique needs but often includes taking medications that are aimed at establishing regular ovulation. The large majority of women with PCOS that have not gotten pregnant with other treatments are able to successfully get pregnant and have a baby using in vitro fertilization.