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How to get Pregnant if you have PCOS
What is PCOS? PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5 to 10% of women of reproductive age. Women with this disorder are obese, have irregular menstruation, acne and have excessive amounts of androgens or masculinizing hormones. It is said that diabetes and obesity are common in this disorder.
What is wrong with women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome is that their body fails to produce and release an egg due to hormone imbalances. The hormones involved in this disorder include insulin, androgens, estrogens, progesterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, adrenal hormones, thyroid hormones, prolactin, and others. All of these hormones are said to influence each other in some way.
If you have been diagnosed to have PCOS, do not despair. PCOS is not the primary means of anovulation; there are still many reasons behind infertility aside from this. How to achieve fertility in PCOS is what you should know about.
Use of Fertility Drugs
Your doctor will prescribe to you some drugs which work by inducing ovulation. One of these drugs is Clomiphene. Clomiphene is taken 5 days early in your menstrual cycle to stimulate your ovulation. However, it may not be effective if it is taken for more than six menstrual cycles. There are also some studies which show that taking it for more than 12 cycles may increase your risk of ovarian cancer.
The side effects you may experience when you take Clomiphene are bowel problems, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, depression, and others. However, it is said that after taking Clomiphene for up to six cycles, you have a 30% chance of becoming pregnant.
Metformin is a medication used by diabetics. It is an insulin-sensitizing agent that is sometimes used with Clomid to increase your fertility. It reduces insulin resistance, and thus helps to normalize insulin, because too much insulin reduces your fertility.
Some doctors combine human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) with Clomiphene. It stimulates the dominant follicle to release its egg. HCG is given by doctors as injection. Careful timing must be observed when it is administered, because if given too soon, ovulation may be blocked. Too much HCG may cause ovarian hyper stimulation and cyst formation.
Another hormone being given is HMG or human menopausal gonadotropin, which is required for follicle development. It is given by injection.
Gonadotropin releasing hormone or GnRH is naturally released from your hypothalamus gland in pulses every 90 minutes. This hormone causes your pituitary gland to release both LH and FSH, which are necessary for follicle development.
Other artificial means
Other means are artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization.
Artificial insemination is a procedure in which sperm from your partner is placed directly into your uterus. The advantage of this procedure is that it puts a lot of sperm into your uterus than would occur normally with intercourse. It is useful in cases of low sperm count.
In vitro-fertilization refers to the removal of eggs from your body, and then fertilizing them with your partner's sperm. A fertilized egg is then implanted into your womb. However, this procedure is expensive and the pregnancy rate cannot exceed 20%.