Conditions & Causes : Female Infertility

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder which affects between 4%–6% of reproductive-age women. It is one of the most common causes of infertility.
This disorder is characterized by irregular menstruation, excessive hair growth, occasionally overweight and high androgen levels. Patients with PCOS are at high risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and endometrial cancer.

UHealth Reproductive and Fertility Center specializes in PCOS treatments and has developed a proven record of success with numerous patients. Through our multi-disciplinary approach, we address the spectrum of PCOS patients’ needs, including a weight loss program, regulation of menstrual cycles and treatment of excessive hair growth. If weight loss does not restore natural ovulation, ovulation-inducing medications clomiphene citrate can be used to promote ovulation.

For patients who do not respond to clomiphene, diet and lifestyle modification, other options include controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation with follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) injections with or without intrauterine insemination (IUI).