Reproductive Technologies

4 years 7 months ago

Understanding and managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) 
by Sam Thatcher, M.D., Ph.D.

 

4 years 7 months ago

It is a near universal finding that PCOS is genetic, but the heritage is complex. This genetic predisposition is not as simple as brown eyes or blue. The tendency to develop PCOS may be of be inherited from either the mother's side (maternal origin), from the fathers side (paternal origin), or from both sides.

4 years 7 months ago

Insulin resistance (IR) is a condition whereby the body steadily becomes less responsive to the actions of insulin. A primary action of insulin is to regulate --lower -- sugar, glucose, levels in the blood.

4 years 7 months ago

In short, the cause of PCOS is unknown. However, the story is starting to unravel and several important lines of evidence have emerged that offer clues about a central mechanism. The central question remains whether PCOS is a single entity.

4 years 7 months ago

By treating the insulin resistance, PCOS may be also treated, possibly reversed. While preliminary studies have been very encouraging, there is much to be learned. A major benefit of these medications is that the entire spectrum of problems arising in PCOS appears to be improved.

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