PCOS: Lifestyle Changes and Medications That May Help

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New Release in Fertility Education Video Series from Attain Fertility and The AFA Offers Hope to Women with PCOS

In the video, Dr. Willman ... explains what PCOS is, who is most at risk, and the wide range of symptoms as well as treatments, medications and important lifestyle changes that may support women with PCOS symptoms.

"PCOS: Lifestyle Changes and Medications That May Help" is one of the latest videos to be released by The American Fertility Association (http://theafa.org/). Funded by Attain Fertility® Centers (http://attainfertility.com/), the video series provides information and support for people dealing with a wide range of fertility issues, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women in the U.S. of reproductive age have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which may play a role in their effort to become pregnant.

In the video, Dr. Susan P. Willman from Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a clinic in the Attain Fertility Centers network, explains what PCOS is, who is most at risk, and the wide range of symptoms as well as treatments, medications and important lifestyle changes that may support women with PCOS symptoms, including how to:
1.    Optimize your diet by cutting out sugar and high glycemic foods and choose healthy carbohydrates, including many fruits and vegetables. Include a protein with each meal.
2.    Optimize a supplementation program that includes vitamins, minerals and possibly herbs.
3.    Minimize toxin exposure, including smoking and overconsumption of alcohol.
4.    Create a balanced exercise program that includes cardiovascular strength training that will assist with weight loss and the maintenance of a healthy weight.
5.    Support the mind body connection by minimizing stress.

Dr. Willman encourages women who have been diagnosed with PCOS not to feel stigmatized or hopeless but to continue to strive for a healthy pregnancy. “I know a lot is online and in literature that’s discouraging for patients to read. There is a slightly higher miscarriage risk with PCOS but overall women with PCOS, if they’re persistent and they keep trying, they will be successful.”

PCOS – Lifestyle Changes and Medications That May Help can be found on the AFA website, AttainFertility.com and the Attain Fertility YouTube channel. The series of approximately 20 fertility videos to be released throughout the year will feature fertility experts from clinics with the network of Attain Fertility Centers.

About Attain Fertility
AttainFertility.com, is a comprehensive, interactive website that offers trusted fertility information from experts and includes content on everything from fertility issues and treatment options to cost and planning. The website also offers community support to help patients become parents.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.
IntegraMed America, Inc. (http://www.integramed.com/) manages highly specialized outpatient facilities in emerging, technology-based, niche medical markets and is the leading manager of fertility centers and vein clinics in the United States. IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management and quality assurance services. Attain Fertility Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the nation's largest fertility network, comprised of 41 contracted centers with over 125 locations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an IntegraMed network fertility practice. Vein Clinics of America, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the leading provider of varicose vein care services in the US, currently operating 36 centers in 13 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

For more information, please visit: http://attainfertility.com/ for fertility, http://veinclinics.com/ for vein care, and http://www.integramed.com/ for healthcare investor information.

About The American Fertility Association
The American Fertility Association is committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. Contact The American Fertility Association at info(at)theafa(dot)org, visit http://theafa.org/ or call 888.917.3777.

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