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PCOS and Pregnancy

For a lot of women in their childbearing age, suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) getting pregnant can be a challenge. Although, some percentile of women with PCOS don’t have any problems with getting pregnant, but around 70 % do have difficulty conceiving. For women that have difficulty getting pregnant, it is advisable that they consider their fertility options as soon as they can.

PCOS/PCOD has a range of symptoms of which hormonal imbalances are one of the most common and can lead to infertility. At Cambridge hospital we guide you in the direction of medical care and support for implicative conditions of PCOS/PCOD.

Can women suffering from PCOS get pregnant?

Living a life with PCOS and to get pregnant becomes challenging as the hormones that are needed for ovulation are not produced regularly. Without the hormones, the egg inside the ovaries cannot mature completely. The follicles holding the egg keeps growing and gets filled with fluid. And as there is no mature egg that can be ruptured, it becomes a cyst.

There is also an enhanced amount of androgens produced that leads to anovulation. As a matured egg doesn’t release, ovulation fails and the progesterone hormone is not produced. This leads to irregular periods or absence of periods.

Fertility treatments available for PCOS:

If you have been diagnosed with PCOS and starting a family is your priority , then there are some fertility treatments available which may up your chances.

These include:

Fertility Medicines

You can consult a specialist who will prescribe fertility medications which help with PCOS symptoms and also assist in ovulation. Some of the common medicines for fertility include Serophene, Clomid and other injectables like gonadotropins. This creates balanced physiological environment that aids in follicular development. The only disadvantage is that it works for only one menstrual cycle .

Ovary Drilling

This is a minimal invasive surgery which involves puncturing of the ovary ,carried forward with a needle that has electric current flowing which destroys a portion of the ovary. Although this helps with inducing ovulation and assists in lowering male hormones, the effect of the process might last for only a few months. The risks involved would be scar development in the fallopian tubes.

Metformin

Metformin is a Glucophage and it can be prescribed along with other medications that help with infertility in women diagnosed with PCOS. Especially for women with impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 Diabetes.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

This is one of the options for women who are facing infertility because of various medical conditions such as PCOS. The success rate of IVF with PCOS is quite good.

If you are looking forward to getting pregnant but are diagnosed with PCOS , talk to our experts at Cambridge hospital immediately. Our specialists at Cambridge hospital will help you find the best treatment which may include fertility-boosting medicines and state of the art medical procedures if required.

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