Dr. Sklar explains why polycystic ovarian syndrome affects fertility.
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome have difficulty with their fertility because they don’t ovulate regularly. So if a woman with normal hormone functioning desires of pregnancy and ovulates 12 times a year one time during each of her menstrual cycles, she has 12 opportunities a year for the egg to join the sperm.
If she is anovulatory or oligo-ovulatory, meaning she doesn’t ovulate as frequently as that, she may only have three or four opportunities a year to actually achieve a pregnancy. So that is probably the main reason why women with polycystic ovarian syndrome have what we call sub-fertility or infertility.
About Dr. Sklar, M.D.:
Dr. Susan E. Sklar, M.D., is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with extensive training and experience in sexual medicine, menopause, osteoporosis, and other female health issues. Since stopping the practice of obstetrics in 1989, Dr. Sklar has become especially interested in the health issues of mid-life and menopausal women. This includes the controversies about hormone use and questions about the changes that occur during this transition, including the sexual issues. In 2005 she launched her newest project, the Sklar Center for Women's Wellness, a center for the evaluation and treatment of female sexual dysfunction and complex menopause problems.
Dr. Sklar completed her undergraduate work in Chicago and received a medical degree from Boston University. This was followed by specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, a Harvard University teaching affiliate.