Fertility and PCOS: Options and Strategies for Women Trying to Conceive

How PCOS Affects Fertility:

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that is caused by a hormonal imbalance. PCOS is a common cause of female infertility. The infertility rate among women with polycystic ovaries is higher than in others. Such women will usually require treatment to improve their chances for pregnancy.

The hormonal imbalance that causes PCOS prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, which is what creates difficulties for such women to get pregnant. People with PCOS suffer from infertility because of the following effects of this syndrome:

  • High levels of male-sex hormones called androgens.
  • The growth of small, painless, fluid-filled sacs inside the ovaries.
  • The outer shell of the ovaries thickens.
  • The insulin levels in your blood increase.


Strategies for Women with PCOS to Conceive:

For PCOS-induced infertility, its treatment includes any of the following measures: 

  • Clomiphene citrate:

This stimulant can encourage ovulation. It works by blocking the influence that oestrogen has on the nervous system.

  • Metformin:

It improves the body’s ability to effectively use insulin.

  • Surgery:

A type of surgery called laparoscopic ovarian drilling is an option for PCOS, though it is rarely done in modern times.

  • Diet and exercise:

Following a healthy diet and regularly exercising is important to improve the health of these women. They should have a low-calorie and low-carb diet that provides all essential nutrients that can significantly improve insulin sensitivity and fertility in people with PCOS. These women should have at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times per week.


Can Women with PCOS get Pregnant:

Having PCOS does not mean you can’t get pregnant. PCOS is one of the most common, but treatable, causes of infertility in women. The Chennai PCOS Clinic has helped many women who have PCOS get pregnant. If you have infertility due to PCOS but dream of having children, we will gladly help you fulfill your dreams.

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