Know More about Your PCOS with Proov
Did you know that as many as 1 in 10 women have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? So many women battle with PCOS daily.
Here at Proov, we want you to know that you are not alone in your battle with PCOS. In fact, Proov can be an essential tool for better understanding your PCOS, hormones, and cycle.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a common condition caused by an imbalance in reproductive hormones. Women with PCOS often have higher levels of androgens (male hormones) which can alter levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which is responsible for the release of follicle stimulating hormone.
Women with PCOS commonly experience irregular cycles, menstruation, and may even have cycles which last over 30 days. Other women may experience amenorrhea, which is the absence of menstruation. While some women may develop cysts on the surface of one or both of their ovaries, it’s important to note that PCOS is actually characterized more by the excess androgens and hormone imbalance, despite the suggestion of the name.
Other symptoms of PCOS may include severe adult acne, excess hair growth, weight gain, and insulin resistance.
How does PCOS affect fertility?
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women. But luckily, it’s also one of the most treatable.
Excess androgens can alter LH and gonadotropin-releasing hormone levels. These hormones are both involved in the development and release of an egg. Imbalances in their levels can interfere with or prevent ovulation from occurring. Without an egg, there is no chance at conception.
Additionally, lack of or suboptimal ovulation can lead to progesterone imbalances. You may remember from our other blogs that progesterone is only produced by an empty follicle after an egg has been released. Lack of progesterone in women with PCOS may cause further hormone imbalance issues, such as low progesterone or estrogen dominance.
How can Proov help?
Women with PCOS often have trouble telling if and when they ovulated. An imbalance in LH levels means that LH can surge without triggering ovulation, which can make traditional ovulation predictor kits difficult to use. Confirming ovulation after it has occurred is often an easier way for women with PCOS to track their cycles. This is where Proov can help!
Proov is the first and only FDA-cleared PdG test kit for ovulation confirmation. PdG is the urine metabolite of progesterone, which is only produced by an empty follicle after an egg has been released. A single positive Proov test confirms ovulation and positive tests observed days 7, 8, 9, and 10 after suspected ovulation confirm that successful ovulation has occurred. Successful ovulation means PdG levels remained elevated for long enough to support implantation, should conception occur.
Since PdG only rises after ovulation has occurred, a positive Proov test confirms ovulation even in women with PCOS. If an anovulatory cycle occurs, there will be no empty follicle to produce progesterone and PdG will not rise. Proov empowers women with PCOS with better information about their cycles and ovulation!
Taking actionable steps with Proov results
Regardless of your Proov results, you are now empowered with powerful information to help you better manage your PCOS. If all of your Proov results were positive during the testing window, you have confirmed successful ovulation! Anovulation is likely not preventing you from conceiving.
However, if a couple of your Proov results were negative during the testing window you may be experiencing “weak” ovulation. This means PdG levels were not elevated for as long as they should be. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to increase your PdG levels, including seed cycling, diet changes, and supplements. If you are interested in a prescription-level supplement, we recommend consulting your doctor.
If you never get a positive Proov test during the testing window, this could be a sign of anovulatory cycles. In this case, we recommend visiting your doctor to discuss further treatment. Don’t forget to bring your Proov results as evidence so you can better advocate for yourself and your healthcare!
Proov allows women with PCOS to know more about their cycles. Have additional questions about using Proov with PCOS? Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.