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How does polycystic ovary syndrome affect pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can make it very difficult to get pregnant since it interferes with the release of an egg during ovulation. If you are able to get pregnant with PCOS, it increases your chances of miscarriage and other complications, such as gestational diabetes. Additionally, researchers believe that PCOS could begin during pregnancy. If your child is exposed to high amounts of androgen while in the womb during pregnancy, their chances for developing PCOS increase.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can negatively affect fertility since it can prevent ovulation. Some women with PCOS have menstrual periods, but do not ovulate. A woman with PCOS may take fertility drugs, such as Clomid, or inject fertility medications to induce ovulation. Women can also take insulin-sensitizing medications or steroids (to lower androgen levels) to help ovulation take place. Some research also shows that taking low doses of aspirin, which helps prevent blood clotting in the uterine lining and improves blood flow, can improve chances of pregnancy.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a cause of infertility. It interferes with fertility by preventing ovulation.

In general, patients with PCOS have problems with lack of ovulation, increased insulin resistance and excessive hair growth. All these grouped together contribute to menstrual problems with irregular cycles, abnormal bleeding, heavy bleeding and infertility due to anovulation and lack of progesterone production. In most instances, weight loss is the number one treatment of choice.

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