Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that can impact on physical health and emotional wellbeing. At Fertility Tasmania we are well experience in assisting patients manage a diagnosis of PCOS, and assist them in achieving their dream of having a family.
Symptoms of PCOS may include:
- Irregular periods (Oligomenorrhea)
- No menstrual period (Amenorrhea )
- Excess body & facial hair (hirsutism)
- Scalp hair loss (alopecia)
- Emotional distress, anxiety & depression
- Body image challenges & increased risk of eating disorders
- Reduced fertility
Diagnosis of PCOS is usually a done with the patient have two of the following three
- Medical History (irregular periods)
- Ultrasound appearance of PCOS
- Blood tests or symptoms to indicate high androgen levels
There is no cure for PCOS, and women should have regular monitoring with their GP, particularly investigating Glucose and Cholesterol. There are some long-term health risk associated with PCOS such as being at higher risk of type II diabetes and gestational diabetes.
The high androgen levels (male hormones), absent or irregular periods can play a role in preventing a woman from achieving a pregnancy. However it is important to be aware that 60% of women with PCOS are fertile and achieve a spontaneous pregnancy. For the rest, fertility management and treatment options are very successful.
This may include lifestyle changes and management, use of medications and fertility treatments, including ovulation tracking, ovulation induction or IVF.