Just because you have PCOS, it does not mean that motherhood is not on the horizon for you. Don’t be misled into thinking that PCOS will never let you get pregnant.
While it’s true that PCOS can cause difficulty in getting pregnant, it is not impossible to birth a child. Read on to find out how PCOS affects your body, and how you can treat it to become pregnant.
Effect on hormones in PCOS:
In PCOS, there is an abnormally high production of hormones known as androgens. The androgens are converted to estrogen and this high level interferes with normal ovulation and fertilization. Ovulation is the process whereby a healthy egg is released from the ovaries.
In PCOS, the ovaries are enlarged and have many tiny cysts, containing immature eggs. If the eggs are immature, they cannot be fertilized by the sperm, and thus fetus is not formed.
The effect of high androgens also causes other symptoms like irregular period and increased facial hair. The blood sugar level of those suffering from PCOS is also raised, as is the insulin resistance.
How to regulate the hormones?
The mainstay of treatment in PCOS is hormone regulation. Once the androgens are controlled, the downstream symptoms can be managed. Your gynecologist can start your medication regime with a birth control pill designed to regulate your period cycle, and reducing androgen production. If a combined oral contraceptive pill (estrogen and progesterone both) cannot be tolerated by the patient, then progesterone only pill can also be prescribed.
Medication that can help you get pregnant:
While you are taking the birth control pills to regulate your period cycle, you cannot become pregnant. But to help the process of pregnancy, your doctor can prescribe medication like clomiphene that is an anti-estrogen drug designed to facilitate ovulation. Once a healthy egg is released by the ovaries, it can become fertilized and pregnancy can occur.
Metformin can also be prescribed to the patient to decrease insulin resistance and help with ovulation. Another drug that can help with ovulation is letrozole. Your gynecologist can prescribe you any of the above, or a combination of these to help in pregnancy.
IVF or in vitro fertilization is another option for couples with PCOS. IVF combined with the aforementioned drugs can help in egg retrieval and pregnancy.
Lifestyle change is also important in getting pregnant. Nutritional supplements, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can all help boost fertility.
How soon can you get pregnant?
Despite having PCOS, the chances of getting pregnant if ovulation is regular, are pretty strong. If you are under the age of 35, it will take maybe a year or under to get pregnant. If you or your partner have other conditions, such as uterine fibroids, or lowered sperm count, pregnancy can take longer but is not impossible.
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