What is PCOS... and How Can it Affect Fertility?
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It’s an inheritable genetic variation in which the ovaries produce high levels of androgens: mainly DHEA-S, and testosterone. In addition, Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) ratios are often out of balance in people with PCOS.
How common is PCOS?
Why Can PCOS Cause Infertility?
PCOS affects two of your most important hormones for ovulation: FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). Follicle stimulating hormone does exactly what it sounds like - it stimulates the follicles of your ovaries to grow and mature. FSH production gets kicked up a few days after you start your period, and helps your next batch of antral follicles ripen so that one of them can (hopefully) be released toward the middle of your cycle.
To Sum it All Up...
There are lots of lots of ways to regulate hormone levels and restore normal ovulation in PCOS…all of which will be the topic of my next post: Natural Treatment for PCOS.