When an otherwise healthy young woman has irregular or infrequent periods, she likely has a hormone imbalance. One of the most common hormonal abnormalities is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
About 10% of women of childbearing age are diagnosed with PCOS. In addition to irregular menstrual cycles, the condition is characterized by elevated levels of insulin and male hormone (androgen), which may cause acne or excess facial and body hair. But most women with PCOS can still get pregnant with proper treatment.
You’re finally pregnant. After months of trying, whether naturally or with the help of fertility treatments, you see that telltale pink line or plus sign on your home test. You’re taking care of yourself and doing everything right. But a few weeks later, your routine ultrasound doesn’t show a heartbeat. Or you feel some cramps and notice heavy bleeding, so you rush to the doctor to get tested, and she tells you you’ve had a miscarriage. You’re devastated, but still determined to start a family. After your body heals, you keep trying for a baby. But the cycle repeats. Hope turns to despair again and again after multiple miscarriages.