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Can I get pregnant without drugs if I have PCOS?

Daniel A. Dumesic, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
In some cases, it is possible to get pregnant without using drugs if a woman has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Studies have shown that if overweight individuals can lose 7% of their body weight, many of them resume ovulation spontaneously at the end and conceive. This means that with commitment and dedication, lifestyle changes can bring about that weight loss and therefore avoid the use of medications. If an individual with PCOS is lean and not ovulating, however, then medications will probably be necessary.
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can become pregnant without medication. It is recommended that you schedule a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist (if possible). Also, keep a diary or calendar of your menstrual periods and take it with you to your appointment.

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