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PCOS Infertility: What Is It?

June 27, 2017 - by Ava Rose - in PCOS and Pregnancy

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS for short is one of the major causes of infertility in women. Researchers are still trying to completely understand this condition, however it is believed that PCOS infertility is strongly related to an extreme production of insulin. At times the high amount of androgens or male hormones is the result of insulin excess. Hence one needs to understand that there is a connection between infertility and PCOS.

Hormones and ovulation

PCOS sufferers most times will be unable to produce a significant amount of female hormones required for the process of ovulation. In the long run the anticipated eggs are not created by the follicles. What will happen is that these follicles end up becoming cysts. This is not to be taken lightly, as over time, the number of cysts seen outside the ovaries will increase and turn into an even more severe issue.

As long as you are able to watch for the initial signs of PCOS and infertility you are able to catch it in the early stages. What are these signs? One of the earliest signs is absent or irregular periods. Whenever this happens it signifies that progesterone is not being created which in essence means the uterus becomes thicker in expectation of a fertilized egg.

Aging women are more likely to experience PCOS. Ever wonder why they say it gets harder to have children in the late 30s to 40s? This (PCOS) is one possible reason. It is estimated that around 5% to 10% of women who are in their most fruitful child-bearing age suffer from PCOS. An unfortunately unless you are desperately trying to create your family you might not even be aware that you have a problem.

Hirsutism

Another sign of PCOS is growth of facial hair, back hair and hair on the chest. However do not neglect the reverse as one sign might be a thinning of the hair. Also if you notice that you have gained weight for no apparent reason or you might be experiencing pain in your pelvic area. However, take note of your period as irregular periods is normally your first warning sign. That being said you will need to consult your physician the moment you recognize these warning signs.

So what can you do to fix this problem?

One of the best solutions to this problem is to adjust your diet and engage in physical activities. Exercising will significantly help the body to stabilize the hormones. Losing weight is one of the many ways to help the body achieve correct hormone chemistry.

Another potentially successful method to consider is IVM or in-vitro maturation. This process is basically harvesting the egg before it reaches the point of maturity. They are grown in a lab and used at the right time when the egg is fertilized. However, be careful not to confuse IVM with in-vitro fertilization – which is when the eggs used are the ones that were matured inside another woman.

Regardless of the solution you opt to undertake just ensure that you problems associated with PCOS and Infertility are mentioned to your OBGYN or Endocrinologist and ask for the necessary steps that can be taken to improve your chances of having a baby.

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