At least 60% of childbearing women are battling PCOS, a type of hormonal disorder with a major risk factor for infertility. At least 20% of women diagnosed with PCOS may find it hard to get pregnant naturally, but the most important answer is that women with PCOS can still get pregnant.
What is PCOS?
Fully described as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS is a condition with various symptoms, but more significantly associated with the development of fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries. These sacs tamper with the natural development of eggs/follicle in the ovaries and in many cases, prevent the eggs from maturing. A hormonal imbalance (excessive male hormones) is the major trigger and will cause other signs like;
- High levels of insulin
- Anxiety and depression
- Weight Gain
- Irregular periods
- Ovulation issues
In the actual sense, every woman may have cysts in the ovaries, but these cysts differ from the size, number, and the extent of their effect. Women with many and oversized cysts have greater chances of suffering from infertility that women with few and small-sized cysts.
PCOS Treatment in case of Infertility
Unfortunately, PCOS victims are mostly ascertained after conception issues. Apart from infertility, other women may suffer from miscarriages only to be diagnosed with PCOS. Clinical approaches to treat PCOS include;
Also known as Glucophage, it is the commonest drug for PCOS, but also commonly used to treat Type-2 Diabetes. Metformin works by suppressing insulin levels and reducing the amount of sugars absorbed by the body. It also helps in correcting a woman’s menstrual cycle
Extended studies have indicated various benefits of metformin, such as;
- Lowers the body mass index (BMI), unlike some studies that confirm that metformin promotes weight gain
- Improves menstrual cycles
- Stabilizes hormones such as LH and testosterone
Fully described as clomiphene citrate, it can be used with or without Metformin. However, the combination may work best in women with severe PCOS, but this approach must only be utilized after evaluating the possible side effects
- Gonadotropins (form of hormones)
It is a stronger treatment, usually used in the case of ART treatments (IVF). It works by stimulating the ovaries to release more eggs and effectively aids in ovulation.
Femara is a breast cancer treatment that may be prescribed by fertility doctors to stimulate your ovaries and produce more eggs
Treating PCOS yourself
A number of women have had to treat PCOS with a combination of clinical and home management tips. Acne, hirsutism, mood swings, and weight gain are common symptoms that interfere with a woman’s normal life. To combat these, it is essential to consider the following
- Regular exercises
- Sleeping for at least 8 hours on a daily basis
- Acupuncture to help in hormonal imbalances
- Having the right meals and foods such as; fruits, green leafy vegetables, low carb foods, and increasing your water intake.
- Avoiding stress
Consider having gynecology checkups in the case of acne, irregular periods, excessive bleeding, and hirsutism (unwanted facial and body hair)