If you are a woman that has been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome then you may be having trouble getting pregnant.
The reason for this syndrome is not known. It will affect your menstruation cycles and it enlarges and forms multiple cysts on your ovaries.
If you are finding skin tags on your body then you may need to get checked for polycystic ovary syndrome.
Weight is also a factor in having this syndrome. It is a syndrome that is prevalent in obese women.
One out of ten women will be affected by PCOS. Polycystic ovary syndrome is the number one reason for infertility in women.
Medications to Help with Fertility
There are certain types of medications that you can take when you first start your menstrual cycle that will help to trigger your ovulation. Two medications that your physician could prescribe for you are Clomiphene and Melformin.
Your chances of getting pregnant will greatly increase if you use one of these medications. Your physician may also prescribe different hormonal medication injections. If you do decide to take these hormonal injections then you will need to consider that these injections may cause multiple births.
Considering Surgery as an Option for Getting Pregnant
If all else fails and medications do not seem to help you get pregnant then you may want to consider having surgery.
Surgery to assist in fertility, known as laparoscopic ovarian drilling, is an invasive surgery and will be prescribed as a last resort by your physician.
Your surgeon will be using a laparoscope to perform your surgery. A laparoscope is a small camera with a tube. He or she will need to enter your abdomen with the laparoscope through a small incision that they will make.
This will offer them a picture of what is affecting your ovaries. By using surgical instruments that have been inserted through the small incision your surgeon will be able to do a procedure that will help stimulate your ovulation by decreasing your hormone levels.
Intrauterine Insemination to Assist in Fertility
Your physician may wish to try intrauterine insemination. This is a procedure that will put your partnerâ€™s sperm in your uterus to increase your chances of getting pregnant. These multiple sperms that are placed directly inside your uterus are more than what your uterus could incur during intercourse.
Becoming Pregnant Using In-Vitro Fertilization
In-Vitro Fertilization is a procedure that removes your eggs by going into your vagina using an aspiration needle. Your eggs will be transferred into a culture dish where they will be fertilized using the sperm that has been taken from your partner.
Approximately three days later the fertilized eggs will be placed into your uterus and if all goes well then one of the eggs will implant itself into your uterine wall. You may also be required by your physician to take progesterone to help in this fertility procedure.
All of these procedures, medications, and surgery should assist you in your endeavor to become pregnant.
I wasn’t diagnosed with PCOS until I was in my 30’s.
I really didn’t have many symptoms until after my first pregnancy when I was 21. After that, the symptoms started appearing. My weight hit 310 in a very short amount of time. Doctors were always rude and assumed I ate 8,000 calories a day. Obviously that wasn’t the case. I didn’t have another pregnancy until I was 35 and had lost a great deal of weight. Unfortunately it ended in miscarriage, but it was the first sign of the PCOS ‘disappearing’.
Now I’m 37 and pregnant again. 16 weeks!!! The cysts are no longer on my ovaries and the excessive hair problems aren’t so bad anymore. My weight has dropped to 240 and my eating and exercise habits are awesome. The funny part was that I was on birth control at the time as well…heh.
My biggest changes in lifestyle (and what I think helped my PCOS symptoms) have been switching to lots of organic fruits, veggies, etc. and really getting active. I was on the Metformin for a while, but my Endocrinologist took me off of it because my blood sugar has been a bit high, he put me on insulin to get things evened out during this pregnancy.
I had never heard of PCOS disappearing, but I recently looked it up at soulcysters on their message boards and found that other women around my age had noticed the symptoms disappearing. Of course, they were eating good and exercising too.
Did I mention the exercise? It’s harder for women with PCOS to lose weight, it almost seems impossible. Just finding the exercise that you enjoy is really the most important thing. I enjoy walking, pilates and yoga. After a year of really putting a lot of effort into the exercise, I was able to climb Mount Monadnock!