Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition that prevents a woman from ovulating on a regular basis. The most common symptom of PCOS is irregular periods, which can make it difficult for a woman to conceive. However, a PCOS diagnosis does not necessarily mean that you cannot get pregnant. By working with an OB/GYN who believes in personalized treatment plans, you will find that there are many options available for you. PCOS fertility treatments can ultimately lead to successful pregnancies.
Available Fertility Treatments for PCOS
Women who are struggling to conceive and have been diagnosed with PCOS should have hope. Nearly 80 to 85% of infertility cases can be treated, and women can enjoy successful pregnancies.
Considering the fact that conception occurs during ovulation, it's not surprising that women with PCOS can struggle to conceive. It is difficult to time intercourse when ovulation is irregular, which is why ovulation induction is often necessary. By triggering ovulation, a woman will have a more concrete idea of when her ovulation will take place and she can time intercourse accordingly. This can significantly reduce the time it takes for a woman with PCOS to conceive.
Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a fertility procedure in which the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus. Ultimately, this allows for a greater number of sperm to reach the fallopian tubes, and fertilize the egg that is released during ovulation. Women who have PCOS and are not able to conceive with ovulation induction may need to have an IUI performed in order to achieve pregnancy. This procedure can repeated as necessary until conception occurs.
Hormone therapy is typically completed by way of oral medications. These medications help balance the hormones that are out of sync, and can help a woman regulate her cycle. It is particularly beneficial for women who are suffering from PCOS. A woman who is not trying to conceive may go on hormonal birth control in order to regulate her cycle after a PCOS diagnosis. However, there are hormone therapy treatments available for women who are hoping to become pregnant in spite of their PCOS. Your OB/GYN can provide you with specific information about the hormone treatments that might be right for you.
If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of PCOS, you should set up a consultation appointment at Plaza OB/GYN. Our trusted physicians will review your health history and provide you with an accurate diagnosis as well as treatment options that may be effective for you. For more information about fertility treatments for PCOS, contact us today.