Q & A with mark sklar
For more than 15 years, fertility expert, Marc Sklar, has been helping couples struggling to conceive and have healthy babies. In addition to his Masters of Science, Marc trained at the Harvard Medical School, Mind/Body Medical Institute. He is the creator of MarcSklar.com and ReproductiveWellness.com, and he’s the co-author of Secret to Conception. Marc lives in San Diego, with his wife and two sons. If you’re ready to start a family, Marc can help!
questions & answers
What is PCOS in respect to your area of expertise?
PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women. PCOS is a disorder of ovulation, but can also affect many other systems like the skin, hair, body weight, reproductive system, endocrine system, including pancreases, hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal gland. With PCOS multiple small cysts (actually tiny follicles) develop inside the ovaries. The cysts and the connective tissue surrounding them produce male hormones called Androgens. Androgens inhibit follicular development and prevent the release of the mature egg.
One of the problems is that many women with PCOS think they are ovulating because when they test their urine the Ovulation Predictor Test Kit turns positive, because the test detects LH, which in some women with PCOS stays elevated. So they may actually not be ovulating but think that they are.
One possible contributing factor appears to be Insulin and Glucose interaction. Excess insulin circulating stimulates the enzymes that help produce androgens in the ovaries. High insulin levels can over stimulate the androgen receptors leading to follicular atresia (starving death). Insulin resistance can lead to obesity hence many PCOS women are obese.
This is not just a condition that affects women in their reproductive years but can extended later in life as it leaves these untreated women predisposed to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.
What are the PCOS symptoms?
Some of the symptoms associated with PCOS are irregular or no menses often starting with menarche, obesity (50% of PCOS women), acne, excess facial hair and or body hair, thinning of head hair. Other signs may be possible high Lipid levels leading to cardiovascular concern, disturbance of sugar metabolism and elevated androgenic hormones.
What are you currently doing for PCOS?
The first woman I ever helped conceive had PCOS and this sparked my interest in treating reproductive issues and PCOS. I have been treating PCOS successfully since then and currently I am educating the public through and local and online based seminars. Additionally, I am teaching them how to get pregnant naturally with PCOS and how to manage PCOS naturally so they can take back control of their hormones and life.
What are 5 key facts about PCOS that you would like the public to know?
1. You can get pregnant with PCOS
2. PCOS is a lifelong condition but its symptoms can almost disappear if managed properly
3. I believe that 90% of PCOS patients are able to conceive naturally if treated properly.
4. Lifestyle changes, diet, nutrition and natural techniques, such as acupuncture have been shown in research to help you get pregnant and ovulate if you have PCOS
5. Birth Control Pills are not the answer. This is not a treatment for PCOS but a band-aid.
What do you want to get out of helping women with PCOS?
I want women all over the world to be able to take back control of their hormones, health and fertility. I want to see this disorder finally get the attention it deserves. Women with PCOS are not typically put on the cover of magazines talking about their condition, which easily makes it a forgotten and mistreated disorder. I want it to get the attention it needs and women need.
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What interests you about serving on the PCOSAA Advisory Committee?
I am interested in working with others who have the same interests as their focus. There is power in numbers and our ability to change PCOS for the better is more likely with all of us working together then separately.
What can PCOSAA do, as an organization, to bring more awareness and to get more doctors to test women for PCOS?
Building a loyal following and engaging them to speak up and tell others about PCOS is key. Additionally, they need to ask for more help from their OBGYN’s. Let them know that they want more than the pill or clomid.