PCOS is a complex metabolic and endocrine condition that causes hormonal imbalances in women and girls of reproductive age. PCOS affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age– hormonal imbalances prevent the ovaries from ovulating and releasing an egg to meet the sperm, thereby resulting in impaired or sub-fertility. Even small adjustments in lifestyle choices make a big difference in how PCOS can affect you.
During the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, eggs are removed from the woman’s body and combined with sperm in the laboratory to create embryos, which several days later are then transferred into the woman’s uterus. Nearly 60% of IVF procedures in the United States are performed on women 35 and older.