One of the most devastating effects of PCOS is its impact on fertility. Usually women with PCOS have low levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and high levels of androgens (male hormones), which can impact ovulation and make it difficult to conceive. Women with PCOS also have higher rates of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and premature delivery.
“September is PCOS Awareness Month, and we want to not only raise awareness about this disorder that affects so many of our CCRM patients, but to spread the message that when it comes to starting a family, PCOS isn’t a dead end; it just requires a different path. In fact, fertility treatments are very successful at helping women with PCOS get pregnant,” said Dr. William Schoolcraft, M.D., founder of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) and the CCRM Network of clinics across the United States and in Canada.
While it can be more challenging to have a successful pregnancy for patients with PCOS, CCRM doctors have helped countless women with PCOS start families of their own.
After struggling for years with weight issues, acne, excess hair on her face, and an inability to get pregnant, Taryn Sikes and her husband, Jonathan, visited Dr. Lisa Hasty at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, a CCRM Network Clinic. Very soon after Taryn walked in the clinic’s door, Dr. Hasty diagnosed her with PCOS, something no other physician had done. Dr. Hasty immediately put Taryn on a medical plan and healthy diet. Soon Taryn not only looked and felt better, but she and her husband now have two daughters.
“As Taryn’s story illustrates, medication, diet, and other lifestyle changes can make successful pregnancies possible for women with PCOS. While a diagnosis of PCOS can be devastating, we encourage couples struggling with the disorder and infertility to explore all options before giving up on their desire to have a family,” Dr. Schoolcraft said. “Our doctors care deeply about their patients and will be right there with you in the fight, doing absolutely everything they can to help you have the children you’ve always wanted.”
For more information on PCOS, CCRM and the CCRM Network, go to ccrmivf.com.
About CCRM and The CCRM Network
Founded in 1987 by Dr. William Schoolcraft, CCRM is recognized as one of the top fertility treatment centers in the nation, providing a wide spectrum of infertility treatments ranging from basic infertility care to advanced in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology. CCRM has clinics in Colorado, Northern Virginia (Washington D.C. area), Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, the San Francisco Bay area, Orange County and Toronto, Canada. Dr. Schoolcraft and his colleagues achieve some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country. CCRM has been ranked “The #1 Fertility Center in the U.S.” by Parents.com. To learn more, visit www.ccrmivf.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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