You’ve likely heard it before (maybe even more than once): if your period is irregular or if something changes, you should head to your doctor’s office to get to the bottom of what is going on. Though it might not be anything major or life-changing, it could be something that warrants a diagnosis—even if it ultimately doesn’t make a huge difference to your day-to-day life.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is one such diagnosis. “Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder caused by elevated levels of male hormones, which can lead to less frequent ovulation and irregular periods,” said Dr. Jessica Ryniec, board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility, who practices at CCRM Fertility in Boston. CCRM is a leading fertility provider specializing in egg freezing, IVF, research, and more. Its doctors work personally with patients throughout their fertility journey. Because PCOS can affect the ease with which people are able to get pregnant, people experiencing PCOS may work with a fertility specialist to help them navigate any challenges that may arise. But PCOS affects more than just someone’s ability to conceive—and it’s actually more common than you think.
“PCOS affects around 10 percent of reproductive-aged women overall and is the underlying problem in 40 percent of [people] with irregular or absent…
You’ve likely heard it before (maybe even more than once): if your period is irregular or if something changes, you should head to your doctor’s office to get to the bottom of what is going on.
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