NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– A new focus on a common cause of infertility, when it comes to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, early diagnosis and treatment can help control symptoms and prevent long term problems.
The most effective treatments may be diet and exercise.
Nia and Frank Dlugon are blissfully busy, caring for their twin baby boys, Raymond and Frank.
“Heaven on earth, it’s amazing,” said Nia Dlugon. “I love every minute of it.”
She was diagnosed with PCOS at 17-years old.
“I didn’t realize all the issues it would cause until I was older,” said Dlugon.
Getting pregnant was a big issue, until she got help at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut in Norwalk.
“PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is the most common hormonal disorder of women in their reproductive years,” said reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Josh Hurwitz. “It can start as early as puberty and last all the way through menopause.”
Irregular periods, ovaries with numerous cysts, and slightly elevated testosterone levels lead to an imbalance of hormones with metabolic side affects.
“This is really the key,” said Dr. Hurwitz. “If you attack these and you help a woman manage the metabolic and nutritional aspects of PCOS, it will really go a long way towards health and wellness, hormonal fluctuations evening out, and sometimes fixing fertility issues of PCOS.”
That’s the job of nutritionist Carolyn Gundell.
“Women with PCOS have a harder time metabolizing carbohydrates as well as fats,” said Gundell.
She works closely with women like Nia Dlugon, recommending a plate of food, half-filled with veggies, with equal portions of complex carbohydrates and lean protein, plus regular physical activity.
“It helps them improve their insulin resistance which is going to help improve their overall glucose control and lower their risk for diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy,” said Gundell.
“I completely changed my diet, ate like 1200 calories a day, dropped 50 pounds and got all my numbers where they needed to be,” said Dlugon.
With a little help, and in Dlugon’s case in-vitro fertilization, tiny miracles can happen.
“I have seen people achieve miracles,” said Dr. Hurwitz. “They start to ovulate on their own and even if they still need fertility help from our office, the fertility rates are better, pregnancy complications are lower, and it’s a much healthier pregnancy, healthier mom and healthier babies.”
Eight- to ten-percent of women in the world have PCOS.
“It’s harder to diagnose in adolescents, teens, and younger women, mostly due to subtle symptoms like irregular periods, acne, and weight gain,” said Dr. Hurwitz.
For more information, log-on to www.rmact.com or call 203-750-7400.
For more information about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, visit the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Foundation at www.pcosfoundation.org.