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Our Medical Director on KCAL 9 Interview to discuss PCOS.

July 6, 2017

Dr. Joshua J. Berger, PhD spoke about the prevalence of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on KCAL 9 interview.  PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.  Approximately five to ten percent of women of childbearing age have PCOS.  Most women with PCOS don’t even know that they have it.  In fact, less than twenty-five percent of women with PCOS have actually been diagnosed. Symptoms of PCOS tend to start gradually.  Hormone changes that lead to PCOS often start in the early teens, after the first menstrual period.  Symptoms may be especially noticeable after a weight gain.   It is the most common endocrine problem that most women of reproductive age face.   This medical condition affects women’s menstrual cycles, fertility, hormone levels, and physical appearance. Women with PCOS produce high levels of insulin. Researchers believe that excessive insulin production causes their bodies to respond by producing high levels of male hormones or androgens.  It is often difficult to detect but it usually starts with irregular periods.  Skipping 3 to 6 months between monthly cycles.  There is often too much testosterone in the body, causing a hormonal imbalance.  There is sometimes male pattern hair loss or extra hair growth in new areas of your body.  Treatments vary and are contingent upon the severity but it is usually regulated by taking birth control pills.  The most important thing to do is to talk to your physician.  Every exam with your doctor should begin with a talk.  A visit to your doctor shouldn’t just be all about exams and lab work.  But it should be a engagement to discuss your medical history and concerns.  In my experience, reviewing the overall health of my patients has been the critical factor in addressing individual fertility issues.  Patient to physician dialogue has often been curtailed due to the day-to-day challenges of our medical system.  That is why  at our clinic, fertility treatments begin with a detailed medical history review and hopefully end with hope and a deeper and nuanced understanding of the individual’s overall health and well-being.

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