PCOS Specialist

Deborah Smith, MD -  - Reproductive Endocrinology

Rocky Mountain Fertility Center

Deborah Smith, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist located in Englewood, CO & Rapid City, SD

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is common, affecting 10% of the population and 30% of women with abnormal menstrual cycles. PCOS often affects fertility, making it difficult to get pregnant. If you have irregular periods or other symptoms of PCOS and would like to have a baby, reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist Deborah Smith, MD, at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center in Englewood, Colorado, and Rapid City, South Dakota, is here for you. They offer advanced PCOS treatments to restore your fertility and quality of life. Call to learn more or book online today.

PCOS Q & A

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that prevents your ovaries from producing and releasing eggs regularly. 

If you have PCOS, your testosterone levels might increase above a normal range, making it difficult to maintain regular menstrual cycles and become pregnant.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

If you have PCOS, you may experience the following signs and symptoms that can begin in your teenage years.

  • Unwanted weight gain
  • Acne
  • Excessive hair growth on your body and face
  • Irregular periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Fertility problems
  • Dark skin patches
  • Depression

PCOS symptoms often range from mild to severe. Over time, your symptoms may worsen or lead to serious health complications, such as endometrial cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Seeking treatment early helps restore your fertility and quality of life.

What is the treatment for PCOS?

Prior to PCOS infertility treatment, your Rocky Mountain Fertility Center doctor reviews your medical history and symptoms and completes a pelvic exam. 

They may use blood tests or an ultrasound to diagnose your condition. If you have PCOS, your practitioner might recommend one or more of the following treatments.

Lifestyle changes

Some healthy lifestyle habits can improve PCOS symptoms and your chance of becoming pregnant. Weight loss, a low-calorie diet, and regular exercise often help.

Medication

Your doctor might recommend certain medications to treat PCOS and improve your chance of becoming pregnant. They may suggest hormonal birth control, progestin therapy, medications to help you ovulate, or medicines that control excessive hair growth.

In vitro fertilization (IVF)

If you’re unable to get pregnant with less complex treatments, your doctor might recommend IVF so you can have a healthy pregnancy with PCOS. 

Your fertility specialist retrieves some of your eggs, fertilizes them in a lab with your partner's sperm (or donor sperm), and implants fertilized embryos into your uterus.

Surgery

Your doctor might recommend surgery to treat PCOS. They create tiny punctures in your ovary’s surface with a laser or fine heated needle. Doing so can temporarily restore ovulation.

Don’t put up with PCOS symptoms, including infertility, when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Rocky Mountain Fertility Center by phone or online today.