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PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Approximately 70 to 90 percent of women with PCOS who take fertility drugs along with insulin-lowering medication, as well as maintain a healthy diet and get regular exercise resume ovulation; and of those, half go on to conceive within six to nine months. However, women with PCOS do tend to suffer a higher rate of miscarriages. Some believe the rate of miscarriages for PCOS women to be 45 percent, while some argue it may be higher (miscarriages occur in approximately 15 to 20 percent of all confirmed pregnancies). This is due to elevated hormone, insulin, or glucose levels, all of which can interfere with implantation as well as development of the embryo.

Although PCOS is a serious condition, treatment and therapies can help alleviate the symptoms and allow affected women to lead normal lives. In addition, the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association offers comprehensive information, support, and advocacy for women and girls with the polycystic ovary syndrome.

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