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Infertility and PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition in where women produce a surplus of androgens, causing irregular or absent menstrual periods and/or ovulation, resulting in infertility. The condition can also cause excessive hair growth, acne and weight gain.

Many women with PCOS are insulin resistant. High insulin levels caused by insulin resistance can lead to excessive androgen production and require larger than normal amounts of insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels, resulting in a higher risk for diabetes and heart disease.

It is likely that PCOS is an inherited condition, but the causes of PCOS are not completely understood yet.

 
Symptoms of PCOS:

  • irregular, absent or unusually heavy menstrual periods

  • acne even as an adult

  • dark skin patches

  • excessive hair on face, back, chest, thighs and/or abdomen

  • obesity

  • high cholesterol​​

  • follicle cysts around ovaries resembling string-like pearls

 

An intravaginal ultrasound could identify the presence of multiple tiny follicle cysts surrounding the ovaries and blood tests could confirm the diagnosis.

There is no cure for PCOS. But, we have helped thousands of women overcome this disease to end up having multiple, healthy babies. 

Treatment plans for women with PCOS may include ways to replace progesterone, establish regular periods, and lower androgen levels. For women with PCOS and insulin resistance, a medication such as metformin may be prescribed. Relations, Ovulation induction, Artificial Insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are all possible treatments that may result in successful pregnancy.
 

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