In September, we recognize it as PCOS Awareness Month! Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects approximately 5 million US women and is often considered the leading cause of infertility in females. Women with PCOS overproduce male hormones called androgens causing absent or irregular periods, ovarian cyst formation, and male hormonal traits.
Starting IVF treatment can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a procedure that involves fertilizing an egg with sperm outside of the body and then transferring the embryo back into the uterus. This procedure is typically done under general anesthesia or sedation.1 The success rate of IVF can vary, depending on the age and the number of embryos transferred. However, IVF has a success rate of live births of approximately 46.7 %.2 IVF can be a highly effective infertility treatment, but knowing how to start the journey can be intimidating.