In vitro fertilization, or IVF, has helped many women overcome infertility, fulfilling their dreams of motherhood.
There are many medical conditions that can affect fertility. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, TX, patients come to us seeking help to get pregnant with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr. Janelle Dorsett offers a wide range of fertility treatments to help women with PCOS become pregnant and realize their dreams of growing their family.
About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common health problem for women of childbearing age. It's so common that, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women's Health, PCOS affects as many as one in ten women.
PCOS is a condition that causes a hormonal imbalance and problems with metabolism. Although PCOS can affect overall health, some of the most common symptoms are irregular periods and infertility. Fortunately for many women with PCOS, there are options to treat infertility and successfully conceive.
How Does PCOS Affect Fertility?
It is possible for women with PCOS to naturally conceive, but hormonal imbalances can make it difficult. This is because hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS can interfere with ovulation, the time in the reproductive cycle when an egg is released from an ovary and women are fertile.
Disruptions with ovulation, or not ovulating at all, can make it difficult for women with PCOS to get pregnant. Fertility treatments can help patients overcome ovulation issues, allowing many women with PCOS to realize their dreams of pregnancy. These treatments are just several options that may help women with PCOS get pregnant.
Fertility medications can be beneficial in helping women with PCOS conceive. Fertility medications can increase the chances of becoming pregnant by inducing ovulation.
There are different types of fertility medications that may be used. Some include Clomid and Serophene, as well as injectable gonadotropins.
In Vitro Fertilization
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is another possible option available to help women with PCOS become pregnant at our Lubbock practice.
The IVF process begins with taking fertility medications to help induce ovulation and increase the number of eggs that are released so that they may be retrieved from the woman's body. Harvested eggs are then combined with sperm, either the woman's partner's sperm or a donor's sperm, with the hopes that several will become fertilized.
Fertilized eggs are then allowed one to six days to mature, at which point one or two embryos can be transferred into the woman's uterus. If implantation is successful, the woman will become pregnant, which can be confirmed with blood tests and ultrasound.
Some women with PCOS are able to naturally conceive after making some lifestyle changes to help balance their hormones.
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet low in sugar and processed foods may be beneficial in balancing hormones and improving the body's use of insulin. This may help improve the regularity of ovulation and help with conceiving.
Learn More about Fertility Treatment for PCOS
If you have PCOS and have been having difficulty becoming pregnant, fertility treatment from the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock may be right for you. To learn more about fertility treatment for PCOS, we welcome you to call (806) 788-1212 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett.