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Fertility Minute: PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is diagnosed by having 2 of the following 3 signs: 1. Abnormal menstrual cycles 2. Signs of hyperandrogenism (this means elevated “male hormone” levels on a blood test (like testosterone) or having excess acne, abnormal hair growth on face or back or male pattern baldness and 3. Polycystic Appearing Ovaries On Ultrasound – on ultrasound, the follicles (tiny circles that contain an egg) are clustered around the outside of the ovary making the ovaries look like there is a “string of pearls” surrounding them.

PCOS can make getting pregnant difficult and has long term effects to metabolic and cardiovascular health. If you think you meet these criteria and want to build your family, talk to your physician about treatments you can take to improve your chances of conceiving.