At Fertility Centers of Illinois, we are proud supporters of PCOS Awareness Month during the month of September with the PCOSAA (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Association)!

As Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a very common reproductive disorder that affects the fertility of many of our patients, we remain at the leading edge of medical advances in this area. Our Center for PCOS, led by Dr. Laurence Jacobs, ensures that our patients receive the highest quality fertility evaluation and treatment from every member of our staff.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:

  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycles
  • Infrequent or absent ovulation
  • Ovarian follicle cysts
  • Acne
  • Excessive hair growth on the face, arms, chest, or abdomen
  • Obesity or weight gain
  • Thinning hair

Who Should Be Tested for PCOS?

PCOS is found among all ethnicities of women, but is more common in Hispanic women, with an incidence rate of 13-14 percent compared to 5 percent in caucasian women. However, any woman who has one or more of the symptoms should consider PCOS evaluation by a reproductive endocrinologist or an experienced obstetrician/gynecologist. Since PCOS can have confusing signs and symptoms, the diagnosis may be unclear in young women not trying to get pregnant, especially if they are interested in regulating menstrual cycles with medications, such as birth control pills. In addition, there is no single test to definitively diagnose PCOS. Experienced obstetricians/ gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists, who have more expertise in comprehensive endocrine evaluations, may be better suited for PCOS investigations and able to offer more treatment options.

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