Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine abnormalities in reproductive aged women, associated with metabolic disorder and reproductive dysfunction—affecting up to 18% of females. [1] This makes PCOS a leading cause of infertility in women of child bearing age.

International guidelines require a diagnosis of PCOS to include at least two of the following criteria: Elevated levels of male sex hormones, absent or irregular ovulation, and polycystic ovaries on ultrasound. [1]

Women with PCOS are not only at an increased risk of experiencing infertility, but also long-term health adversities including cancer, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, independent of body weight.[2]

If you have ever wondered about the following questions, join Fertility Specialist, Gabriela Rosa, in this live segment of ‘Ask Gabriela Rosa’:

  • How does PCOS affect fertility and miscarriage risk?
  • What are the ways to manage PCOS symptoms and better my chances of conception despite a PCOS diagnosis?
  • Why losing weight doesn’t always reverse PCOS symptoms and what can be done about it?
  • Can I reverse or cure PCOS?
  • What causes PCOS?
  • What happens if you don’t treat PCOS?
  • Can PCOS affect my prospective child’s health?
  • Can you have a healthy body weight and still experience PCOS?
  • Are there particular foods I should be eating/avoiding to manage PCOS?
  • How do I know if I am ovulating every month and how do I time conception attempts when my cycles are so irregular?
  • Should I be taking medication for my PCOS?
  • Is there anything my [male] partner can do to mitigate the effects of PCOS on our chance of becoming parents?
  • And much more…

If you are looking for answers and want to know exactly what you need to do to overcome infertility and miscarriage, even when other treatments have failed; or you want to hold your healthy baby in your arms sooner, join Gabriela Rosa this week as she brings light to the topic of reproductive immunology and its significance in predicting your chance of taking home a healthy baby.