In 2007 Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado presented an abstract at the Annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting; Selective Cut-Back Protocol for In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Ovarian Stimulation in Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects 5-10% of reproductive-age women, making it the most common endocrine disorder among this group. In fact, almost half of all female-based infertility cases in some way stem from PCOS.
Indications of the disorder include the inability to ovulate, the presence of ovarian cysts and an elevated level of male hormones in the body. In addition to infertility, subsequent symptoms include heavy, irregular or no menstrual cycles, excess facial and body hair, acne, obesity and male pattern balding.
While the causes of PCOS are unknown, it appears that heredity and insulin metabolism are both important factors. Therefore, a complete medical history review and physical exam are critical to the diagnosis of PCOS. Additional testing may also be required, such as endometrial biopsy, hormone level assessment and ultrasound.
Although there is currently no cure available for PCOS, its symptoms may be managed to reduce or eliminate its effects on fertility and long-term health. Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado offers access to numerous support programs, and periodically hosts informational seminars on the topic of PCOS. Please contact us to find out when the next seminar will be held.
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