“I Think I Have PCOS” – 7 Things to Talk to Your Doctor About
I think I have PCOS. What now? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome has many symptoms and this diagnosis can be overwhelming. Here are some points you will want to be sure are covered in your care. Are your serum lipid levels normal? Is your HDL – LDL ratio healthy? Is your total cholesterol under 200 mg/dl? Are […]
Oh no! Elevated FSH Levels? Can I Ever Have a Baby?
FSH levels can predict your prognosis for pregnancy. “My FSH is 18. Is it the end? Am I about to go into menopause?” “My doctor says I have advanced ovarian aging for my actual age.” “Will my elevated FSH cause hot flashes next week?” “Can I ever have a baby?” These questions may arise in […]
The Antral Follicle Count: 1 Measure of Ovarian Reserve & Predicting the Outcome of IVF
Antral follicle count is one way to predict ovarian reserve. Chronological age and ovarian reserve are generally parallel. However, this can vary enormously. The number of follicles, each containing one egg, which are available in the ovarian “pool” or reserve relates to the chance of success of in vitro fertilization (IVF). These numbers decline with […]
National Infertility Awareness Week – Why Focus on It for a Whole Week?
In recent years, the focus of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) has been to change the conversation surrounding infertility – to address the misconceptions, stigma and silence that accompany the medical diagnosis of infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week April 21-27, 2019 is recognized by health organizations, clinics and doctors across the country each April. NIAW […]
Women with PCOS Have a Better Option than Metformin
Research shows that inositol, a less common alternative to metformin, just as effectively treats PCOS symptoms and can normalize ovulation. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. Women with polycystic ovaries (PCO) have insulin resistance, an unfortunate condition that results in lowered ability to […]