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5 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Hysterectomy

My gynecologist recommended I get a hysterectomy because my periods weren’t just irregular, I was spotting all the time. He said it’s a simple surgery and I’d feel much better afterward. So, I scheduled the surgery without even thinking, “should I get a hysterectomy?” I didn’t ask the gynecologist any questions — nor did I get a second opinion from another doctor.

Getting Pregnant With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Yes, getting pregnant if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome is possible! One of the major causes of infertility for women is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and it can prevent them from conceiving a baby. But, the good news is that PCOS can be treated, and women with PCOS can get pregnant.

Here’s the latest information about polycystic ovarian syndrome from Northwestern University.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic disorder and one of the major causes of hormonally related infertility for women, yet the disorder remains largely undiagnosed and unknown. About five million women in the United States are affected by it.

“[Before being diagnosed with PCOS], women are told they are too fat and aren’t taken seriously for a long time,” says Andrea Dunaif, M.D., the Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “They go to an average of four doctors before they are diagnosed. They have been to physicians who say ‘there is nothing wrong with you, don’t worry’.”

If you think you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome but your doctor hasn’t diagnosed it, consider getting a second or third opinion. If you have PCOS and are wondering if you can get pregnant, read The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health — it may help!

And, here’s the latest research on female infertility from from Northwestern, plus a story of one woman’s struggle with PCOS…

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