James Douglas, MD Helps Women with PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Get Pregnant
Another leading cause of female factor infertility is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - PCOS, also called Stein-Leventhal syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, and polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common disorder that affects one in every ten women of reproductive age. The disorder is one of the leading causes of fertility problems in women, and most women who have it do not even realize that they have the condition.
What is the Cause of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - PCOS?
The cause of Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal imbalance disorder in which the ovaries have multiple small cysts. Women with PCOS produce high amounts of male hormones called androgens. An increased level of androgen is known to cause interference in egg maturation preventing regular ovulation.
Although polycystic ovarian syndrome was first identified more than seven decades ago, the cause of the condition is not yet known. Some scientists believe that the cause may come from increased insulin production in the body, which signals the release of excess male hormones. Other scientists believe the PCOS simply runs in the family. Whatever the case, polycystic ovarian syndrome is a major infertility factor. In fact, PCOS is one of the most common causes of female factor infertility in the nation.
Symptoms of PCOS
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- type 2 diabetes
- irregular menses
- no menses at all