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Conditions We Treat: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that can cause irregular and infrequent ovulation and make it difficult to become pregnant.

PCOS Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • The fertility experts at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center provide comprehensive, patient-centered care for the management and treatment of PCOS.
  • Our physicians have extensive experience with all advanced infertility treatment techniques and develop personalized treatment plans for each patient. If you do not respond to more standard treatment approaches, we will adjust our plan to help you achieve your goal of parenthood.
  • As a patient within the Johns Hopkins medical system, you will also have access to specialists in associated conditions, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Treating any complications of PCOS you may be experiencing before beginning infertility treatments will be important to having a healthy pregnancy.

PCOS Treatment: What to Expect

At your initial consultation, you will meet with our fertility experts and undergo a laboratory and physical evaluation to determine if you have any associated conditions that require treatment beyond your fertility care. We will also evaluate you and your partner for any additional causes of infertility.

If we recommend optimizing your health before treatment, we will refer you to other specialists across the Johns Hopkins network who can help you. After your treatment with those teams, we will treat your PCOS, and any other causes of infertility, to help you meet your family planning goals.

We typically start treatment with ovulation induction, a process that helps you release eggs in order to increase your chances of conceiving each month. This involves oral medication and ultrasound monitoring of your progress. If you are not responsive to this treatment method, we will pursue other options including injectable medications or in vitro fertilization (IVF) to maximize your chances of pregnancy.

Our Team of PCOS Specialists

We have several fertility experts with the expertise to treat PCOS.

Photo of Dr. Valerie Lynn Baker, M.D.

Baker, Valerie Lynn, M.D.

Professor (PAR) of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
TeLinde-Wallach Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
Photo of Dr. Mindy Sue Christianson, M.D.

Christianson, Mindy Sue, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Fertility Center
Director, Third Party Reproduction
Director, Fertility Preservation
Director, IVF Program Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
 
Photo of Dr. Chantel Ianthe Cross, M.D.

Cross, Chantel Ianthe, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
Director, Patient Education
 
Photo of Dr. Jairo E Garcia, M.D.

Garcia, Jairo E, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Practice Director
Active Staff, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Courtesy Staff, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Advisory Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International
 
Photo of Dr. Howard A Zacur, M.D., Ph.D.

Zacur, Howard A, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
 
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