One common medical disorder that leads to infertile women is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Also known as PCOS, this endocrine system disorder affects a woman's hormones and ovaries.
When a woman has PCOS, she develops cysts on her ovaries, which cause a hormonal imbalance. And because her ovaries become enlarged, they have problems releasing eggs every month, so a woman may experience difficulty in getting pregnant.
While many endocrinologists have studied PCOS, many of its causes are still unknown.
They have narrowed down the causes to two factors:
- Healthy ovaries produce the sex hormones androgens, but when a female has PCOS, they produce even more androgens. These excess hormones can cause you to stop ovulating, to grow unwanted facial and body hair, and to get severe acne.
- Additionally, women with PCOS have problems using insulin. Defined as insulin resistance, this is when the body does not fully respond to the action of insulin in the body. As a result, blood sugar levels become increasingly high and if this goes untreated, it can lead to type 2 diabetes.
These hormone imbalances can cause many different infertile issues including repeated miscarriages, precancer of the uterine lining, or uterine cancer. In order to prevent this, your doctor can describe medicines to control your insulin levels along with hormone pills, such as birth control
When dealing with PCOS, early diagnosis is crucial. If a woman gets her PCOS controlled by a doctor at an early age, they then have a higher chance of being able to become pregnant.
If you are experiencing any one of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Abuzeid at IVF Michigan Rochester Hills and Flint PPC.