Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women, affecting up to one in five of us. And yet there are still many of us who don’t know we have it, don’t know anything about it, and find it difficult to get the information we need.
Many women only discover they have PCOS when they’re trying to get pregnant because it’s a common cause of infertility. This was the case with one of my patients, who had told her previous doctor that she was unable to conceive. There was no effort made to treat the underlying cause of this woman’s issue and she was recommended immediately for IVF treatment. Shortly after she conceived, she miscarried. It was only after I treated her for the root cause of her problems that she became pregnant and, after a normal full term, delivered a healthy baby. Clearly, we need to do more to raise awareness of a condition that brings so much pain and sadness to so many people.