PCOS and your fertility for attaining pregnancy

One of the common reasons a female faces in attaining a pregnancy is a medical condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

It is a hormonal issue interfering with the female reproductive system.

In PCOS afflicted females, the ovaries are found to be bigger than what they ought to be.  And, the exceptionally larger ovaries may have several cysts and immature eggs.

Hormone Differences

With PCOS, a female’s body generates increased levels of androgens hormones than the usual. These are generally believed to be male hormones as males have much increased levels of androgens than the females.

Androgens are vital for the growth of male characteristics and their sex organs.

In females, androgens generally get converted into estrogens hormone.

Ovulation Issues

Increased androgens levels obstruct the eggs growth and their expected release from the ovaries. The process, if works smoothly without any obstruction, is known as ovulation.

In case a mature and healthy egg does not get released, it may not be possible for the sperm to fertilize it. That means you cannot attain a pregnancy. With PCOS, your periods may become irregular or you may miss your menstrual periods. This is one of the initial signs that indicates that you are afflicted with PCOS issue.

Modifying your Periods

Luckily, certain treatments that may help the females afflicted with PCOS in attaining healthy and successful pregnancies.

Your treating doctor may prescribe you birth controlling pills that have artificial estrogen + progestin (progesterone).  The pills may help you in regulating your menstrual cycle by decreasing the generation of androgens in your body.

If you find you not able to tolerate the birth controlling pills containing a combination of hormones, your doctor may suggest you to use you’re a progestin pills.

You may take these pills for nearly 2 weeks in a month, for nearly 1 or 2 months.  1-2 months. They are helpful in regulating your periods.

Medications that help you ovulate

You, obviously, will not get pregnant if you are using birth controlling pills for treating PCOS. Some medications may help.

Clomiphene is a medication that is anti-estrogen, which you may take at the starting of your menstrual cycle.

In case Clomiphene is not helpful in your ovulation, you may be recommended the diabetes medication, Metformin.

In case both Metformin and Clomiphene fail to cause ovulation, your doctor may recommend you to take shots of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and the Luteinizing Hormone (LH).

One more medication that may help you ovulate is Letrozole. It is, at times, prescribed when other medicines are not successful.

In case you are a PCOS afflicted female and you wish to attain pregnancy, you are advised to work with your doctor, who is an expert in the reproductive medicines. This kind of doctor is called a fertility expert.

A fertility specialist may ensure that you receive the right medicine and the correct doses and help you with any issues.  He or she may schedule expected examinations ultrasounds to know how your body is reacting to the prescribed medicines. An ultrasound is performed using a machine for creating pictures of the interior organs of your body with the help of sound waves. It is a painless method with which development and growth of your baby can also be tracked.

Changes in your lifestyle help

In certain females, increased weight may affect their hormonal levels. Losing your weight, in case you are overweight or obese, may help your expected hormonal levels coming back to you. Your menstrual cycle may become regular and predictable with just 10 percent in your body weight. This may help you in attaining pregnancy.

Living a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and by saying “NO” to alcohol and smoking, besides regular exercising, controlling your diabetes and less stress levels are helpful in improving your fertility.

It is worth remembering that in case your periods are not coming to you as they ought to and you have already been identified having PCOS, you should be working closely with your treating doctor, who may help you in keeping it under your control. And, in case you want to attain pregnancy, it is worth consulting your doctor.

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