PCOS and Infertility
The last thing any woman trying to conceive wants to hear is that she may be infertile or that it will be very difficult for her to get pregnant. Unfortunately, infertility is a common problem in the US, affecting as many as 1 in 10 women[i]. One of the leading causes of infertility in women is a condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is a condition where multiple small cysts in the ovaries cause hormones to go out of whack and can result in weight gain, acne, excess facial hair, irregular periods, and infertility. One of the most notable symptoms of women with PCOS is a menstrual cycle that is lacking, infrequent, or heavy.
The important question for anyone affected by PCOS is a “what can I do about it?” There are many different options to fight off symptoms of PCOS and increase fertility such as:
Losing weight and eating healthy can help balance out your hormones and regulate your period. Even small amounts of weight loss through proper diet and exercise can help increase fertility.
Smoking can increase the number of androgens (male hormone) in your body and can contribute to excess hair growth and hormone imbalance.
See the professionals
When other methods are not effective some women consider fertility treatments to help them conceive. Before starting any fertility treatments, keep in mind the recent study done by the Department of Health and Human Services showing that the progestin treatment used for PCOS may actually make it more difficult for women to get pregnant[ii]. In the study they compared women who received the progestin treatments before ovulation induction to women who didn’t. The women who did not receive the progestin were four times more likely to conceive then those who had.
If you are not trying to conceive, birth control options can help to regulate your menstrual cycle and help control hormone production.
Remember: knowledge is power, if you believe that you have PCOS consult your doctor to see what your best options are. Woman with PCOS are at an increased risk for certain types of ovarian cancer, so make sure to take precautions and get regular screenings.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On July 24, 2013