PCOS Treatment and Infertility
Many different factors can affect a woman’s ability to conceive. PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is often the culprit, but receiving the right PCOS treatment can make the difference between having a family of your own and not being able to achieve pregnancy successfully.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormonal disorder that affects many women of reproductive age. It is generally characterized by irregular menstrual periods, elevated levels of male hormones (androgens), and the presence of multiple baseline follicles that appear to be cysts on the ovaries, hence the name. As mentioned, PCOS can have a significant impact on fertility but the disorder is not difficult to diagnose and can be treated quite successfully.
One of the primary treatments for PCOS in women not trying to get pregnant is the use of birth control pills to help regulate periods and reduce the production of androgens. Many women with high androgen levels complain of facial hair growth. Other medications, such as clomiphene, letrozole, and injectable fertility medications, can be used to stimulate ovulation and improve the chances of pregnancy as well.
Changes to your lifestyle can help you deal with the symptoms of PCOS and, as a result, improve your fertility. This may include losing weight (if necessary), exercising regularly, and following a healthy, low-carbohydrate diet. Reducing stress and getting adequate sleep can also be beneficial. All these things work hand in hand: exercise and a healthy diet can prompt weight loss, and studies show that regular exercise, including low-impact choices such as walking, can significantly reduce stress and help with sleep issues.
In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to treat the polycystic ovaries. This is typically only recommended if there are cysts that are large or causing discomfort. The type of surgery performed will depend on the individual case, but it can usually be done as an outpatient procedure.
It is important to remember that PCOS can also have other health implications, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer. Therefore, seeking PCOS treatment is essential, and women who are dealing with PCOS should be monitored by a healthcare provider and receive regular check-ups.
But can I get pregnant?
Despite the challenges associated with PCOS, many women with this condition can become pregnant and have healthy pregnancies. With the right treatment and support from a fertility specialist, women with PCOS can take steps to improve their fertility and increase their chances of having a successful pregnancy.
It is also important for women with PCOS to seek support from family and friends. The emotional impact of the condition can be daunting, so PCOS sufferers often require help to make lifestyle changes and adhere to a treatment plan.
Advanced Reproductive Medicine offers the support and education you need to deal with and potentially conquer your PCOS. Once we determine why you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, be it PCOS or some other obstacle, we will work with you to find a solution that hopefully will result in a successful pregnancy. We will also help calm the stressful and frustrating thoughts running through your mind and direct you to a treatment plan that results in a positive experience along your reproductive journey. Please schedule a consultation, or call us at 732-339-9300.Go back