Polycystic Ovaries: how do they affect your health and fertility?
Millions of women worldwide are suffering with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and going undiagnosed, untreated, unsupported and this must change!
PCOS is a medical condition that can have a serious effect on a woman’s ability to conceive. To help women with this condition Barbados Fertility Centre is holding a FREE online seminar at the 2013 London Fertility Show to highlight how this condition can be treated to aid a healthier life style and increase their fertility chances on November 7 2013 at 7pm – Caribbean time.
PCOS is a very common yet extremely complex condition, and has a huge effect on a woman’s self esteem with some very unpleasant symptoms, which can have a dramatic effect on her appearance. The condition is noted as one of the leading causes of infertility and can lead to additional health problems later on in life such as heart disease and diabetes if it isn’t properly managed.
PCOS – The Good News For Women
The good news for women who are trying to conceive is that there are successful treatment options! For those women who are not ready to yet embark on starting a family, it is still very important to have the condition managed to avoid further health problems developing.
Symptoms of this condition maybe mild whilst other may have more severe symptoms including:
Irregular periods less than 21 days or 35 days apart, heavy bleeding or a complete lack of periods
Irregular ovulation or no ovulation at all
Reduced fertility, difficulty becoming pregnant or recurrent miscarriage
Excessive hair growth on the body and face
Acne and excessive oily skin
Alopecia, hair loss from the scalp or thinning hair
Weight problems – rapid weight gain, being overweight, difficulty losing weight
Depression and mood swings
Most women with PCOS can manage their symptoms through a healthy diet and exercise programme to help their condition. When a woman’s weight is within a healthy BMI for her height then she has more chance of normal ovulation and therefore pregnancy
Dr. Juliet Skinner, Medical Director at Barbados Fertility Centre, treats many women worldwide who suffer with PCOS. Dr. Skinner said, “PCOS is a very common condition and even if a patient only experiences mild symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Many factors affect a woman’s ability to conceive, and PCOS can be a major contributor to infertility. The sooner the condition is diagnosed the sooner women can be advised on their options for medication and in extreme cases, assisted reproduction. Maternal age plays a big part in successful treatment and therefore I urge women who may be suffering to seek help sooner rather than later.”
To register for this FREE educational seminar at London´s Fertility Show 2013 please go to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/268457790