Years before a woman begins her attempts to become pregnant, a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can begin to negatively impact her quality of life. As early as the teen years, PCOS symptoms emerge, female sex hormone levels become imbalanced and male sex hormone levels slightly elevate.
Dr. Mark Rispler with Innovative Fertility Center sees patients struggling with infertility caused by PCOS, and physical symptoms that include:
- Irregular periods
- Increased body hair on the chest, face, belly and nipples
- Decreased hair on the head (male pattern baldness)
- Decreased breast size
- Increased clitoris size
- Deepening voice
- Darkened skin spots
You are not alone if you experience the pain of PCOS. Five to 10 percent of women have PCOS. A fertility doctor like Dr. Rispler can explain the treatment options available to help you manage the symptoms, avoid associated health risks, and regulate ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant.
Contact a fertility specialist dedicated to overall wellness, and helping you achieve your goal of starting a family. Dr. Rispler and the supportive staff at Innovative Fertility Center welcome your questions about dealing with PCOS.
For more information visit Innovative Fertility About PCOS