“Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham is reported to be suffering from a major source of female infertility called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) while attempting to become pregnant again.
The latest issue of Now magazine claims the English pop singer and her soccer superstar husband David Beckham have been trying for a fourth child for the last three months. The magazine reports that they are now consulting specialists in both Los Angeles and London.
During a routine checkup at London’s exclusive Portman Hospital two weeks ago, the 34-year-old Spice Girl was warned by doctors that her fertility rate is lower than at the time of her first baby. The Beckhams have three sons – Brooklyn, nine, Romeo, five, and Cruz, three.
A Now magazine source said: “Victoria is suffering from PCOS and irregular periods, both of which can affect her chances of having a baby. She’s trying not to get too nervous as she knows this won’t help, but it’s becoming more and more of a concern.” PCOS is a heartbreaking but manageable disease caused by an imbalance of hormones. It can severely disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle and is thought to affect 10-15% of females of child-bearing age worldwide. A classic symptom of the condition is non-existent ovulation, without which pregnancy is impossible.
In February, Victoria admitted: “I’m really feeling that pressure. Every time I go out, someone says to me: ‘Are you pregnant?”’Now magazine says the Beckhams’ baby dilemma is complicated by the possible retirement next year when he turns 60 of her trusted obstetrician, Dr. Malcolm Gillard, who delivered all her boys.
Fifty per cent of women with PCOS suffer from excess weight or obesity. But it can also strike adolescents and females of normal healthy weight and even lean women. Post-menopausal women are also vulnerable to PCOS. Other symptoms of the disease include skin conditions like acne and brown patches, excess facial and body hair, fatigue and mood swings, male pattern baldness in women and reduced sex drive.
A balanced, nutritious diet combined with nutraceuticals and regular exercise to achieve weight loss has, however, been shown to greatly improve the management of PCOS symptoms and, in many cases, even make them disappear.
To learn more about PCOS and how to reverse the symptoms, visit www.pcos.com