Pregnancy is a huge milestone, as it marks the journey into motherhood. Building a family is the start of a new chapter, and for many women, it's an exciting and joyous time. However, it's not always easy to become and remain pregnant, with about 12 percent of women experiencing difficulties, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fertility can be even more challenging.

What exactly is PCOS?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common health problem that affects about 5 to 10 percent of women during their childbearing years (ages 15 to 44). PCOS causes an imbalance of the reproductive hormones, creating multiple problems in the female reproductive system. Women may begin to see symptoms emerge around the time of their first period, but sometimes the syndrome goes undiagnosed until they attempt