PCOS, inflammation and pregnancy

PCOS-on-ultrasoundPolycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one the most common hormone problems in women of reproductive age as well as one of the most common causes for female infertility. While infertility caused by PCOS is often amenable to treatment, women with PCOS often have more complicated pregnancies, including problems such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.  One of the common threads with these issues is their association with inflammation. It turns out there may now be a link explaining why PCOS patients have more complications. A recent study shows that markers of inflammation are higher in PCOS women and become even worse when these women get pregnant. It could be that inflammation is the common link between in PCOS and a number of pregnancy complications.

September is PCOS Awareness Month

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This month is the time to recognize Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  (PCOS), the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. It is hormone imbalance that includes irregular or absent periods, and production of higher than normal levels of male hormones such as testosterone which can result in symptoms such as facial hair, acne and hair loss. It is also a metabolic problem that can cause weight gain and lead to diabetes, high blood pressure.and heart disease. Additionally, it is one of the most common causes for infertility and something most Reproductive Endocrinologists see on a daily basis.  For information from Resolve or the PCOS Association, click on the links.