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PCOS and infertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a common disorder that causes hormonal imbalance and irregular ovulation in women. It is also commonly misdiagnosed, a surprising fact given that it impacts 5-20% of women.

A proper diagnosis is the first step to mitigating the symptoms and effects of PCOS. If you are thinking about starting a family, it is important to know how PCOS is affecting your personal reproductive system. While not all women with PCOS will experience infertility, it is one of the most common causes of infertility. Identifying and treating issues early on will save you time and frustration during your family planning journey.

Join Dr. Asima Ahmad, a double board certified reproductive endocrinologist, as she tackles the topic of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome during September’s PCOS Awareness Month. As someone diagnosed with PCOS who has also treated countless women with the same medical issue, she shares everything there is to know about PCOS – what it is, how it impacts fertility and overall health, and how it can be effectively treated and managed.


  • What is PCOS?
  • How common is PCOS?
  • Why is PCOS commonly misdiagnosed?
  • How can a woman ensure she is evaluated properly? 
  • What type of medical specialist is best to diagnose PCOS?
  • Can you share your journey with PCOS?
  • What PCOS symptoms should women watch out for? 
  • Are some PCOS symptoms more worrisome than others?
  • Are there medical issues or ethnicities that are commonly linked to a PCOS diagnosis? 
  • How does PCOS impact fertility?
  • Not all women with PCOS experience infertility – what should we know?
  • What advice can you offer women who took birth control to manage PCOS and are now going off contraceptives to get pregnant?
  • What is a common fertility treatment plan for those with PCOS?
  • What can women do on their own to lessen PCOS symptoms and boost fertility?
  • How does PCOS affect overall health and long-term health?
  • What can people do if PCOS is impacting their health?
  • In terms of COVID and PCOS, is there anything women should know?
  • In honor of PCOS Awareness Month, what do you wish more people knew?
  • Can you share a bit about your patients who have been treated for PCOS?
  • Can you share some words of hope with our listeners?

The Time to Talk Fertility podcast releases new episodes monthly and is available on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadioStitcherTune InGoogle Play and Spotify.

Medical contribution by Asima K. Ahmad, M.D., M.P.H

Dr. Asima K. Ahmad is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and obstetrician and gynecologist with a passion for improving access to care for all patients, irrespective of social, economic, or financial circumstance. Dr. Ahmad earned combined medical and public health degrees from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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