Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the most common cause of infertility in woman less than 35 years of age, however, it is a common cause in older woman as well.
PCOS, like many “syndromes” spans a long spectrum of symptoms and severity. The most common symptoms include irregular, lengthened, or absent periods: painful menses, acne, excessive hair growth, weight gain, insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes, high levels of androgens and testosterone, and delayed ovulation.
The basic mechanism is that the presence of excess androgens and insulin create a resistance to FSH and LH stimulation of the developing follicle. This delays or prevents ovulation so that even if the egg is released, it is often “over-ripe” making conception unlikely. While IVF can often bypass this ovulatory dysfunction, the metabolic environment of the woman’s body is not a healthy one for the developing baby.
Our treatments are designed to correct these hormonal imbalances and regulate the sugar metabolism so that follicular stimulation can proceed normally and the tendency to diabetes is averted or delayed.