If you suffer from the polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, you may not ovulate regularly. Without a healthy ovulation, you cannot get pregnant on your own. Fortunately, it is possible to ovulate even when you have PCOS with the right treatment.
What Is PCOS?
PCOS is a common condition that affects as many as one in 10 women during their childbearing years. It occurs when the reproductive hormones are out of balance, which leads to problems with the menstrual cycle. PCOS may cause the egg not to develop properly, or it may not be released at all during the cycle. For many women, this condition makes it difficult to get pregnant.
Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS include acne on the face and chest, excessive hair growth, an irregular menstrual cycle, skin tags, darkening of the skin, weight gain and thinning hair.
How Can You Ovulate with PCOS?
If you have PCOS and it causes you not to ovulate properly, you may be able to achieve a healthy ovulation with ovulation induction therapy. One of the most common medications used to induce ovulation among patients with PCOS is clomiphene citrate. In other cases, doctors may recommend injectable gonadotropins to stimulate ovulation if a stronger medication is needed.
What If Ovulation Induction Doesn’t Work?
If ovulation induction isn’t effective at enhancing fertility, there are still other options available to women with PCOS who want to get pregnant. In many cases, women with PCOS who do not respond to ovulation induction treatments are able to get pregnant with in-vitro fertilization.
If you have PCOS, the best way to determine the appropriate fertility treatment for your needs is to consult an experienced fertility doctor. Please contact New York Reproductive Wellness today to make an appointment for a fertility evaluation.