How to Get Pregnant with PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can affect fertility and make it difficult to become pregnant. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett offers PCOS treatment to help increase fertility and reduce the symptoms of PCOS.
Although women with PCOS may face challenges in becoming pregnant, it is possible to conceive despite a PCOS diagnosis. These tips on how to get pregnant with PCOS from our Lubbock, TX, fertility center can help.
PCOS and Fertility
PCOS is a hormonal disorder that interferes with the reproductive cycle, making it challenging for many women with this condition to become pregnant. With PCOS, the ovaries tend to be larger than average, and small cysts may develop within the ovaries.
Another issue women with PCOS face is having higher levels of androgen hormones. A high level of androgen hormones can interfere with ovulation which is the development and release of eggs. Ovulation is necessary for pregnancy.
Through PCOS treatment, many women are able to get help with ovulation and increase their chances of becoming pregnant. The following are some treatments that have helped women in Lubbock with PCOS get pregnant.
Medications to Help Ovulation
Because PCOS can interfere with ovulation, taking medicines to help the body ovulate can help some women with PCOS become pregnant. There are several medications that may be taken for ovulation, such as:
- Clomiphene: Clomiphene is taken at the start of a woman’s cycle to decrease estrogen levels, which can be high in women with PCOS.
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH): FSH and LH are hormones that encourage the body to ovulate and may be used to treat PCOS.
- Letrozole: When other medications are not effective for PCOS, letrozole may be given to encourage ovulation.
Sometimes lifestyle changes can help women with PCOS control their symptoms and improve fertility. Weight can affect hormone levels. Achieving a healthy weight can help improve hormone levels and help with making ovulation and menstruation more predictable. A predictable cycle is important to increasing the chances of becoming pregnant so that intercourse can be planned around ovulation.
Making other lifestyle changes to improve overall health can also help women with PCOS increase their chances of becoming pregnant. Some changes to consider include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Reducing stress
- Giving up smoking
- Limiting alcohol
In Vitro Fertilization for PCOS
When lifestyle changes and medications alone have not helped with conceiving, it may be appropriate to consider in vitro fertilization (IVF). With IVF, eggs are harvested from the woman’s body and fertilized in a lab.
A resulting embryo may then be placed in the uterus where, if successful, it will implant and result in pregnancy.
Speak with Our Fertility Specialist
If you have or think you might have PCOS and are struggling to become pregnant, it’s important to speak with a fertility specialist to learn more about which treatments may be right for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett, call our Lubbock fertility center at (806) 788-1212.