What are the latest developments in the diagnosing and treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? What are your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS? What other health issues should you be concerned about? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Alex Quaas, a reproductive endocrinologist with Reproductive Partners Fertility Center–San Diego, about the latest developments in the treatment of PCOS.

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  • What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
  • What area the primary symptoms?
  • How common is PCOS?
  • How does it affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant?
  • Is PCOS hereditary?
  • Is PCOS more common in countries with higher rates of obesity?
  • Is PCOS more common in certain racial groups?
  • What causes PCOS? What are some of the theories of causation?
  • Explain the new research that points to PCOS being caused by a hormonal imbalance the fetus is exposed to before birth.
  • How is polycystic ovarian syndrome diagnosed?
  • Is there treatment for PCOS in general?
  • What type of infertility treatment is effective in helping women with PCOS get pregnant?
  • Is Metformin the preferred drug for treatment of PCOS?
  • Is Clomid (clomaphine citrate) or Femara (letrozole) generally more effective at treating PCOS?
  • What role does a woman’s weight play in PCOS—is it the cause or a symptom?
  • Is it harder to lose weight with PCOS?
  • What other health issues do women with PCOS need to be concerned about?
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