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Loyola fertility expert discusses treatments for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Suzanne Kavic holds wide-ranging interview with WJOL radio

Dr. Suzanne Kavic, director of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Loyola, treats patients from puberty to past menopause.

During this interview Dr. Kavic focused on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She says that women with PCOS usually come see her in their 20s or 30s. About 8-10 percent of women have PCOS, depending on the study.

Many of these patients have higher male hormone levels and have irregular periods, hair on the chest or thinning hair. Women with PCOS also tend to have more insulin in their system and often are prediabetic. But there are other conditions that can mimic these symptoms, like congenital adrenal hyperplasia, thyroid disorders, prolactin disorders, Cushings Syndrome and disorders of the adrenal gland or ovaries. Women of Mediterranean, Slavic and Jewish descent are at higher risk for this syndrome. They also may need some medical help to have children.

Women with PCOS who are overweight can see a decrease in symptoms if they lose some weight because extra fat produces some male hormone. 

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