Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an increasingly common hormonal disorder observed in women of childbearing age today. It mainly affects menstrual cycle, blood sugar control and physical appearance. PCOS symptoms are caused by higher levels of male hormones which cause irregular periods (that means the ovaries don’t release an egg) leading to development of tiny cysts on the ovaries. These male hormones i.e., testosterone and its metabolites also cause acne, hair thinning and excess facial and body hair similar to men. Difficulty in conceiving is a common problem faced by women due to the hormonal imbalance.
PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. However, there are a number options available to overcome this problem:
Chances of getting pregnant with PCOS are a bit lower as compared to other normal women, but with advances in technology and medicine, being a parent is not a distant dream anymore.
Having PCOS increases your risk of pregnancy related complications like:
When you are trying to get pregnant with PCOS, discuss with your doctor the right plan of action to avoid or manage these complications.
You may have to:
All of this may sound scary but the good news is, with the right treatment, careful monitoring and some lifestyle modifications you can expect a successful outcome of your pregnancy.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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