Is It Harder to Get Pregnant With PCOS?
Yes -- the main fertility problem for women with PCOS
is the lack of ovulation. Even so, her husband's sperm count should be checked, and her tubes should be checked to make sure they are open before fertility medications are used.
(pills) and gonadotropins (shots) can be used to stimulate ovulation. It should be noted, however, that women are at increased risk for multiple births when using these medications.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is sometimes recommended for PCOS treatment to control the chance of having triplets or more. Metformin
can be taken with fertility medications and helps to make women with PCOS ovulate on lower doses of the fertility drug
Maintaining a healthy weight is another way women can help manage PCOS. Since obesity is common with this condition, a healthy diet and physical activity help maintain a healthy weight, which will help the body lower glucose levels, use insulin
more efficiently, and may help restore a normal period. Even losing 10 percent of your body weight can help make your cycle more regular.
Pregnancy Risks Associated With PCOS
Certain complications seem to occur at a higher rate in women with PCOS. These include: