Understanding PCOS and Fertility
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can have difficulty conceiving. At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, we help patients who are not ovulating because of PCOS determine what lifestyle changes and other treatments can improve chances of fertility. We start by helping you understand the relationship between PCOS and fertility. With weight loss, the use of fertility medications, IVF, and other treatments, patients have a better chance of successful pregnancy.View transcript
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal anomaly that is in women, where they tend to produce more male hormone, testosterone, which leads to having more anovulation, or lack of ovulation, in these women. This is related to infertility. Also, these women are at increased risk of diabetes, as well as weight gain and hair growth. The typical diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is made with a combination of the history of the patient, as well as ultrasound diagnosis of polycystic-looking ovaries, and hormone tests to rule out other abnormalities and diagnose increased testosterone level in these women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, patients face infertility more than other groups of patients because they do not ovulate. There are a variety of treatments available to treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome-related infertility. These women should consider weight loss as their main treatment because weight loss is associated with better outcome with any associated treatment. They can consider ovulation induction using Clomid or Femara to make them ovulate. They can have intercourse along with it or artificial insemination with it. Women who fail to ovulate should also consider in vitro fertilization. Women who have insulin resistance should consider Metformin as another adjuvant treatment in a treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.