PCOS 101: What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
Whether it’s been three months or several years, trying to conceive and still not pregnant is dishearting, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS.
Affecting 10 percent of women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. Women with PCOS often have polycystic ovaries (read about the difference between PCO and PCOS here). This means that the ovaries have many tiny, benign and painless cysts. During an ultrasound, the tiny cysts may resemble a string of pearls. Or, women with PCOS may have high testosterone or lack of ovulation (irregular or no period).
While it can be frustrating and disheartening when diagnosed with PCOS, it’s not the end of trying to conceive. Remember, you have to ovulate to get pregnant and there are ways to get your body to ovulate. If you have PCOS, one of the best things you can do is to educate yourself and be proactive about your health. That means working with your doctor, maybe taking medication, and changing your diet.
Discover the facts about PCOS, what you can do if you’re diagnosed to help your body conceive.
Infographic: What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and What You Should Know
✔️ Medically Reviewed by Banafsheh Kashani, MD, FACOG
Banafsheh Kashani, M.D., FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Eden Fertility Centers, and has been treating couples and individuals with infertility since 2014. Prior to joining Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility, she was practicing as a top fertility specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County and Reproductive Fertility Center. Dr. Kashani has received numerous awards throughout her years of study and medical training.
Dr. Kashani has conducted extensive research in female reproduction, with a specific focus on the endometrium and implantation. Additionally, Dr. Kashani has authored papers in the areas of fertility preservation, and fertility in women with PCOS and Turners syndrome. She also was part of a large SART-CORS study evaluating the trend in frozen embryo transfers and success rates.
Dr. Kashani is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition, she is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS). She is also a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI).