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Inside Ovia Health's Clinical Programs: PCOS education & management

September 9, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects 1 in 10 women between 15 and 44, but up to 70 percent of women with the condition go undiagnosed. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, and it can lead to other serious health conditions such as endometrial cancer, depression, and sleep apnea. 

There's no single test to diagnose PCOS, so women often have to educate themselves on the signs and symptoms and ask their healthcare providers if they might have PCOS, leaving many to suffer for years before they're able to receive a diagnosis and start treatment. September is PCOS Awareness Month, and it's important that we take the time to understand this condition and truly work toward spreading awareness — because that awareness is often the first step toward seeking treatment and starting to manage this condition.

Ovia Health's PCOS clinical programs are designed to help identify PCOS earlier so women can get the help they need. Our programs educate women on their risk factors, signs and symptoms, how PCOS affects cycle health and fertility, and how to start a conversation with your healthcare provider to learn more. These programs also provide continued support following a diagnosis of PCOS, and Ovia Health's Registered Nurse health coaches are also available every day to support women who have a diagnosis or want to learn more. 

What you should know about PCOS 

  • We don't know exactly what causes PCOS, but it's linked to higher than normal levels of androgen hormones, which can prevent ovulation and cause ovarian cysts.

  • PCOS affects menstruation, and nearly seven out of ten women with PCOS have irregular, infrequent, or absent periods. 

  • Because PCOS can significantly affect ovulation, it’s one of the most common causes of female infertility. Many women with PCOS struggle to get pregnant and often need specific medical assistance to do so. 

  • Women with PCOS who do get pregnant are at higher risk of pregnancy complications, including early pregnancy loss, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and C-section delivery.

  • Treatment is possible. With healthy lifestyle adjustments, and sometimes with medical or surgical assistance, many women with PCOS can manage their condition and lead healthier lives — many even go on to conceive healthy babies and have healthy pregnancies. Ovia Health wants to make that happen for more women, sooner. 

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