Question for Betty.

Can Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affect fertility?

Betty's Answer.

Yes, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can affect fertility.

PCOS is a condition that causes irregular menstrual periods and elevated levels of androgens in women.  Many women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly, and it may take these women longer to become pregnant. Because women with PCOS can differ in how often they ovulate, it is prudent to use contraception if postponing pregnancy is a priority. 

An infertility evaluation is often recommended after 6 to 12 months of trying to become pregnant. If tests determine that lack of ovulation is the cause of infertility, several treatment options are available.  The primary treatment for women who are unable to become pregnant and who have PCOS is weight loss. Even a modest amount of weight loss may allow a woman to begin ovulating normally, if they are overweight.

No two women are alike and symptoms of PCOS may vary as well as fertility. Your health care provider is good source of information for questions and concerns.