September is National PCOS Awareness Month and Nubundle is proud to be a supporter of furthering education and raising awareness to help fight PCOS.
Did you know Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) occurs in 1 in 10 women? It is also the number one cause of fertility problems in women according to the National PCOS Foundation. It’s pretty safe to say that at whatever size and type of company you’re a member of, there is an employee who has been impacted in some way by this disorder.
In honor of PCOS Awareness Month, we’ve collected answers to some of the most common questions related to PCOS. We hope this helps you and your team, as HR professionals, be better prepared to offer support to employees with PCOS.
What is PCOS?
According to the Mayo Clinic, PCOS is a common hormonal disorder found in women of childbearing age who may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, due to an imbalance in hormone levels. The ovaries may develop numerous follicles and fail to regularly release eggs during ovulation as normal.
What are the signs & symptoms of PCOS?
Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS include:
How does PCOS affect fertility?
PCOS does not automatically mean someone will have trouble getting pregnant naturally, but because PCOS causes women to not regularly ovulate, it is more common that they will need to use fertility treatments in order to expand their family.
For women who do need to explore treatment options, this ranges from oral medication to hormonal injections to procedures such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Doctors also stress the importance of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle - being active daily, maintaining a balanced diet, and getting quality sleep - as symptoms of PCOS can be reduced when this is regularly practiced.
How can fertility benefits support an employee with PCOS?
Employers can show their support for employees with PCOS by considering the addition of fertility benefits to their voluntary benefits package. Fertility benefits provide financial support, as well as emotional support through clinical experts who can offer advice and resources. The cost of these treatments can range from $20/month for oral medications to $2,000/month for hormone injections, to $15,000+ for a single round of IVF. Fertility benefits platforms, like Nubundle, also provide access to fertility experts who can help employees create a strategic, empowered plan for their fertility journey, eliminating excess worry and time trying to get answers to their questions from online sources or various doctors.
It also should be noted that fertility can’t be a topic we see as off-limits in the workplace any longer. When FertilityIQ surveyed employees who went through IVF and received company support the following impressive results were found:
Employees are making it clear they want to be supported in their lives outside the office and see an employer’s investment in their well-being and future an important factor when considering their next step in life, professionally and personally.
For additional resources about PCOS visit, https://www.pcosaa.org/.
To bring fertility benefits to your company, contact us: https://www.nubundle.com/for-companies.html