By Dr. Tom Hannam MD FRCSC REI

I recently spoke with Fertility Matters Canada on the subject of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and how it can impact your fertility.

PCOS is one of the most common diagnoses presented to women in a fertility setting.

And yet, for such frequency, specifics around the condition can be elusive. For one, there is still a lack of professional agreement as to exactly what constitutes PCOS. With a shaky foundation, it can be difficult to determine what of the literature and others’ experiences may apply to you.

Some of the issues surrounding PCOS that we discuss in the vide include:

– An introduction to the diagnosis

– Why many women are told they have “PCO,” which does not mean they have “PCOS”

– If you have been labelled with PCOS, what the lived experience in a fertility clinic may be

– Women with PCOS will often be told that they have a great prognosis for success.

While that last statement is true, it is also true that the passage of time prior to pregnancy can interminable, that the medical community had and has a sorry relationship with weight and fertility, and that at its most extreme, there can be health consequences for PCOS that must be considered, including endometrial hyperplasia.

We touch on all these subjects in the conversation, but if you want to know more, please let us know here and we will put more posts together to the subject

Stay well everyone,


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About the Author

Dr. Tom Hannam
The founder of the Hannam Fertility Centre, Dr. Hannam has sat on the board of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Endocrinology.