how PCOS effects the body

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Serina Smith

Physio 12- Wed

Lecture Paper 1


Infertility Caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

I have been with my husband for five years as of September 16th 2014. Within two years of our relationship we knew that we wanted to extend our blended family by having children of our own. I have a nine year old son from a previous marriage and my husband has no children, therefore, we were quit eager to extend our family. We started trying to conceive in 2011, however, after seven miscarriages within a three year span, we got really discouraged and had so many questions with no answers. After seeing a fertility specialist at Stanford Hospital, we found out that I had something called PCOS, which is short for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I began researching and digging all over the internet for more answers to so many questions we had going through our minds.

Will we be ever to have children? Is there a cure? Am I the only one with this? The list goes on and on. With my research, I have read so many success stories, so I am positive our time will come, however, the main question is what if anything can we do to increase our chances of conceiving successfully?

PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also called by its less popular name Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, the most common hormonal endocrine disorder within the women society. Hormonal imbalance within a woman's endocrine system can cause several issues such as insulin resistance. With insulin resistance alone this could raise quite a few other health factors for example, type two diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. Other health issues will include excessive hair growth, male pattern baldness, acne and increased levels of testosterone that will prevent the ovaries from naturally...