woman-pcos-thinkingQ: My OB/GYN diagnosed me with PCOS 6 months ago. Since I will probably have trouble getting pregnant, I am feeling pressure to start trying to conceive. We had planned on waiting for 3-5 years, so now I’m really confused. Are my chances that much better if we start right now? We want kids, but we also want to be married without kids for a while.

A: You don’t mention your age and your age is one of the most important factors to consider in how long you should wait before trying to conceive. Women are at their peak fertility in their early 20s. Fertility drops of from that age onward, but the rate of decline in female fertility picks up after around age 35. We posed your question to Dr. Marcelle Cedars, Director of the University of California at San Francisco Center for Reproductive Health and specialist in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, on a Creating a Family radio show on PCOS. Dr. Cedars said that with treatment, PCOS patients have about the same chance of getting pregnant as someone without PCOS. To hear her full answer, listen to this show on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome on your phone, tablet, iPod, or computer.


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