Fertility Blog

Why Is PCOS Awareness Month So Important?

One in every 10 women between the ages of 12-45 will become diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders and it is also one of the leading causes of infertility in women. Its effect on female fertility has been felt to such a degree that the entire month of September is designated PCOS Awareness Month.

Symptoms of PCOS, while not universal, typically include:

  • Menstrual disorders, either few menstrual periods or complete lack of it.

  • Metabolic syndrome (obesity)

  • The excessive production of androgens (masculine hormones)

  • Infertility caused by lack of ovulation (anovulation)

The field of assisted reproduction recognizes PCOS as something everyone – women, especially – should be more informed about. PCOS Awareness Month gives women the opportunity to share their own experiences with PCOS; thereby alerting others of its effects. It also helps educate women not affected by the disease; increasing the likelihood that they will go and get tested for the disease. As a result, doctors will have a better chance of detecting PCOS and treating it in its early stages.

For women with PCOS, getting pregnant and having children may feel like a lost cause. However, many of the infertility treatments and services provided at Washington Fertility Center, like in vitro fertilization and our egg donation program can go a long way in restoring that hope.

For more information, contact Washington Fertility Center.