Sep 06 2016

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)


A woman meeting with an OB/GYNAt the Centre for Reproductive Medicine we take a careful approach to fertility treatments. While procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are quite effective for a host of issues, it is not always the only solution to consider. This willingness to consider multiple treatment options helps set us apart from other fertility clinics in the Lubbock area.

With that in mind, we want to consider the fertility challenges posed by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). While IVF may be a good treatment in a number of cases, you'll see that there may be a varied or multi-faceted approach to addressing this issue.

What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is an endocrine system disorder that affect women who are of reproductive age. Women with PCOS have enlarged ovaries that contain small amount of fluid known as follicles. This results in changes in hormone levels, which can result in irregular periods, weight gain, acne, growth of facial or body hair, and depression.

How Common Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is relatively uncommon. Between 5 percent and 10 percent of the popular experience the condition.

However, it's been estimated that around one-third of female infertility diagnoses involves PCOS. It's the leading ovulatory disorder that affects women who are of reproductive age. Roughly 85 percent of all ovulatory disorders that cause female infertility are attributable to PCOS.

Keep in mind that just because a woman has PCOS does not necessarily mean she will experience problems conceiving or with infertility.

How In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Works

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process in which eggs are fertilized in a lab setting. The egg is allowed to develop into an embryo over the course of a few days before it is transferred to the uterus using a catheter. This helps increase the chances of live birth, and it can get around various finds of female factor and male factor infertility issues.

How Effective Is IVF When PCOS Is a Factor?

IVF is rather effective as a fertility treatment option, with a success rate of 20 percent to 35 percent depending on a host of factors.

Other Treatments and Procedures to Consider

Sometimes the various symptoms associated with PCOS can be resolved through medications, hormone therapy, and changes to a woman's lifestyle. These can all go a long way toward improving general wellness and even potentially addressing infertility.

If after initiating these therapies a woman still cannot become pregnant, then IVF and other fertility treatments can be considered. This includes intrauterine insemination (IUI), which is a type of artificial insemination. The success rates of IUI are not as high as IVF, though it can still help many people start the families that they want.

Tailoring Your Fertility Treatment to Your Needs

It's important to us that all treatments be carefully tailored to the needs of the patient. During a consultation, we can discuss a combination of lifestyle and medication treatments in combination with fertility treatments. This can boost success rates and make having a child a reality. This careful assessment of wellness is part of our approach to helping patients at an individual level.

Learn More About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

To learn more about IVF and how it can help address male and female infertility, be sure to contact an experienced fertility specialist today. The team at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine is here to help you start the family you have always wanted to have.

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