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Rachel Gurevich

September Is PCOS Awareness Month

By September 7, 2011

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Did you know that September is PCOS awareness month? PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, affects 8% to 10% of women, and is a major cause of infertility.

My personal journey with infertility included a diagnosis of PCOS. I still remember the doctor calling me about blood test results, telling me that this was why I was not ovulating anymore.

Just the day before I received my diagnosis, I mentioned to a friend that my doctor was testing me for PCOS.

"That can't be it," she had said. "You have two children already, and people with PCOS never have kids. I have a friend with PCOS, and she has been infertile her entire life."

Well, in fact, PCOS can develop or become more symptomatic after you have already had children. (This is known as secondary infertility.) I struggled for seven years, and through three miscarriages, before finally achieving pregnancy success, with the help of fertility treatment.

Also, while many women with PCOS deal with infertility, many of them can and do achieve pregnancy with treatment. Not everyone will have pregnancy success. But a good number will. There's reason for hope.

Learn more about PCOS, and common PCOS treatments, here:

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