NIAW – Dr. Joshua Hurwitz Answers PCOS Question "You Are Not Alone"
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) and the 2015 theme, “you are not alone”, we have received a question from someone on their journey with PCOS that we are pleased to have presented to Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMACT).
Maybe even you.
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Dr. Hurwitz Answers a Question About PCOS
Question received via email:
“I am 34 and was diagnosed with PCOS as an adolescent. Just recently, I was diagnosed with adenomyosis. I had a D&C, hysteroscopy, and IUD placed in January. After all this, is it still possible to have children?”
Dr. Joshua Hurwitz responds:
“Both PCOS and adenomyosis are common conditions that we counsel patients about every day. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that leads to irregular ovulation and therefore irregular periods. This can be easily corrected by regulating your ovulation when you are ready to conceive.
Adenomyosis is also very common and involves infiltration of the muscle tissue of your uterus by the lining of the uterus itself. This can cause heavy and painful menstrual cycles. There are good ways to manage the symptoms and the Mirena IUD is likely the best one. The good news is that neither of these will stop you from getting pregnant and building your family but you may need a little help from a fertility specialist. I recommend that you keep the Mirena in until you are ready to have a baby to control your adenomyosis symptoms. When you are ready, if your periods are not regular, then you may need some minor help to regulate your ovulation. Lastly, there are some metabolic aspects of PCOS that can also affect your health and you may benefit from talking to one of us just for education on these to see if they can be optimized even before you are ready to get pregnant.
I hope this helps and I wish you luck, Joshua Hurwitz, MD.”
If you are out there with a question, ask it.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.