It is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 women in the UK suffer from PCOS, making it one of the most common causes of infertility. According to our consultant Dr Arpita Ray, Regional Lead Consultant, women with PCOS may find it more challenging to conceive, due to an imbalance of sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which may lead to irregular or absent periods. Other symptoms of this increasingly common condition may include ovarian cysts, acne, excess hair and obesity, but also none of these.
September is PCOS Awareness Month, with PCOS charities and organisations, such as Verity in the UK and PCOS Awareness Association in the US, aiming to raise awareness and increase understanding of the condition. If you would like advice on how PCOS may impact fertility do get in touch.
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Have you read our latest patient story? Hannah and Jemma talk about their fertility journey to complete their family and the twists and turns on the way.
They both wanted to have treatment to share the experience of carrying a baby, even after Hannah was diagnosed with some fertility issues.
“When we first discussed becoming parents using a sperm donor it was so exciting,” says Hannah. “I proposed to my partner Jemma on New Year’s Eve four years ago and presented her with an engagement ring and the date of our first appointment at Bourn Hall. We both wanted to have treatment so that we could have the shared experience of carrying a baby and had no reason to suspect that one of us would have fertility issues.”
In our latest blog, we spoke to Bourn Hall counsellor, Jackie, about how difficult this decision can be for patients and couples.
“If you are emotionally attached to an embryo, you may see it as a potential child, and that can affect a person on a very, very, deep psychological and emotional level,” says Jackie
“For some people it’s a real dilemma whether to return for treatment with their frozen embryos and how they will feel if they don’t use the embryos themselves. Sometimes this can be a matter of timing and talking to a counsellor can help you decide what is right for you.”