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Which Treatments Will Help Me Conceive with PCOS?
Approximately 5 to 10 percent of reproductive aged women have an ovulation disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In PCOS, a hormone imbalance prevents egg follicles from reaching maturity thus inhibiting ovulation.
Women with PCOS may exhibit symptoms such as:
- Irregular or absent menstrual cycles
- Irregular ovulation or no ovulation
- Multiple small cysts on the ovaries
- Obesity, acne, or excess body hair due to elevated male hormone levels
- Other health issues like hypothyroidism, heart disease, or diabetes
Women with PCOS are at greater risk of miscarriage and poor egg quality because of the hormone imbalance. Additionally, women with PCOS are at risk of hyperstimulation in fertility treatment because there are many immature follicles capable of being stimulated with fertility drugs.
Medications or supplements for insulin resistance may help restore hormone levels in patients with PCOS. Their menstrual cycles may return to normal and there may be fewer health risks to mother and baby with treatment.
Wondering which fertility treatments are recommended for women with PCOS? In this article on fertility and PCOS, Fertility Authority and Univfy discuss which treatments are most successful for PCOS and the likelihood a woman with PCOS will conceive on her first IVF cycle. Univfy can help patients identify their own personal IVF success rate based on their age and other health factors!