Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the leading causes of fertility issues and infertility. This is largely due to the hormonal imbalances it can create. Women with PCOS produce a larger amount of androgens, which are typically high in males. These excess androgens can cause ‘male’ characteristics such as increased body hair as well as interfering with the body’s ability to produce estrogen and progesterone required for regular menstruation and ovulation. This can cause irregular or absence of ovulation or menstrual cycles. Insulin resistance is also common, which can cause excess weight gain. Both of these factors can hinder chances of conception.
Fortunately for some women, the condition may be quite severe during their teens and twenties yet reduce or disappear completely in their thirties.
If conception does occur, suffers of PCOS are at higher risk of miscarriage. So you should consult your Health Care Professional if you do fall pregnant with diagnosed PCOS.