Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Honors National PCOS Awareness Month in September through Live Virtual Events and Educational Resources for Those Trying to Conceive

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SGF will host a Nutrition for PCOS Instagram Live and PCOS Webinar for those trying to conceive, as well as provide patients with 11 other virtual events.

In honor of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month and to continue its ongoing mission of educating and spreading awareness about infertility, Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) will host free virtual events throughout the month of September, as well as provide educational resources to help those who are struggling to conceive with PCOS.

Meghan Sylvester, RDN, LDN, of SGF’s Wellness Center will host an Instagram Live about nutrition for PCOS on Wednesday, September 16. During the Instagram Live, Meghan will answer questions and discuss how healthy food choices and positive lifestyle habits can help women who are trying to conceive (TTC) manage their PCOS. Viewers will also learn how to stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce carb cravings, and learn healthy meal planning.

“I have seen many women with PCOS make small diet and lifestyle adjustments ultimately leading to better management of their PCOS symptoms,” says Sylvester.

As part of SGF’s inaugural Fall Fertility Week, Dr. Anish Shah of SGF’s Richmond, VA, offices, will host a live PCOS Webinar on Wednesday, September 23. During this informative presentation, Dr. Shah will discuss evaluation and diagnosis of PCOS, possible causes, treatment options, and treatment success. At the conclusion of the webinar, Dr. Shah will host a live question-and-answer session for attendees.

“Not all patients with PCOS have the same symptoms, which can make the diagnosis tricky. Common signs include absent or irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth, and weight gain. The important takeaway is to recognize the early warning signs and know when it’s time to seek help from a fertility specialist,” says Dr. Shah.

The practice also released a PCOS Q&A video hosted by Dr. Joseph Doyle who sees patients in SGF’s Rockville, MD, office. In the video, Dr. Doyle answers common questions about getting pregnant with PCOS.

“PCOS is highly treatable and on the spectrum of infertility diagnoses, it’s a relatively good one because we’re usually first just trying to get the woman to ovulate. Once we can make a woman ovulatory, her chances of getting pregnant are high,” says Dr. Doyle.

PCOS is the most common ovulatory disorder of women in reproductive age and is thought to be the leading cause of female infertility. The condition is caused by hormonal imbalances that curtail or prevent ovulation—the body’s process of producing and releasing eggs from the ovary.

“The important takeaway is to recognize the early warning signs of PCOS. If a woman is having irregular cycles then she shouldn’t wait to seek help from a fertility specialist,” adds Dr. Doyle.

For those who want to learn more about PCOS, SGF has developed a Getting Pregnant with PCOS On-Demand Webinar and eBook to inform and empower women—covering topics such as common symptoms, diagnostic testing, and success rates for women with PCOS. SGF’s inspiring patient stories are another way get a glimpse into other people’s fertility journeys and help those faced with infertility realize that they are not alone.

While all SGF virtual events are complimentary, interested parties must register to attend webinars by visiting the SGF calendar of events.

September Webinar Schedule

September 21 | What to Expect When Trying to Conceive | Dr. Jason Bromer
September 21 | Male Fertility | Dr. Brad Swelstad
September 22 | Menstrual Cycle and Your Fertility | Dr. Shruti Malik
September 22 | Fertility for Black Women | Dr. Desireé McCarthy-Keith
September 23 | Weight and Your Fertility | Dr. Shayne Plosker
September 23 | Getting Pregnant with PCOS | Dr. Anish Shah
September 24 | In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) | Dr. Anate Brauer
September 24 | LGBTQ Family Planning | Dr. Ryan Martin
September 25 | Egg Freezing for Your Future | Dr. Brianna Schumacher
September 25 | Donor Egg Treatment | Dr. Tomer Singer

September Instagram Live Schedule

September 16 | Nutrition for PCOS | Meghan Sylvester, RDN, LDN
September 24 | Coping with Infertility | Karen Wasserstein, Psy.D.
September 25 | The Fertility Journey | SGF Patients Sarah and Cyndel

To view SGF’s growing library of free, on-demand webinars, eBooks, and other education resources on topics such as endometriosis, PCOS, low-tech treatment options, weight and infertility, and much more, visit

If you are suffering with PCOS or struggling to conceive, it may be time to see a fertility specialist. Contact the SGF New Patient Center at 1-877-761-1967 or submit this brief form to schedule a virtual physician consult.

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF)
SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 85,000 babies born and counting. With 37 locations throughout FL, GA, MD, NY, PA, VA, D.C., and Santiago, Chile, we offer patients virtual physician consults, individualized care, accept most insurance plans, and make treatment affordable through innovative financial options, including treatment guarantees. More physicians refer their patients to SGF than any other center. Call 1-888-761-1967 or visit

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