PCOS Facts and Myths: The Impact on your Fertility & Long Term Health

According to PCOS Challenge, The National Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), is a seriousgenetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women and girls. It is the leading cause of female infertility and a precursor for other serious conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer. The organization estimates PCOS affects 10-15% of women of reproductive age, which is higher than the percentage of our US population impacted by diabetes (9.4%). Unfortunately, the awareness of this syndrome is much less than that of diabetes. However, the cost burden to our healthcare system is $13.8 billion dollars!

Let’s get you informed by covering common PCOS-related misconceptions and the facts behind them. Fertility for Me spoke to Dr. Marcelle Cedars, Director, Center for Reproductive Health, at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, which created a PCOS Clinic to support women via a cross-disciplinary team.

Myths and Facts