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Can I Get Pregnant with PCOS?

on Jan 27, 2013

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Can I Get Pregnant with PCOS?

PCOS is estimated to affect 10 to 20% of women worldwide by the disease. Find out if and how you can get pregnant with PCOS.

Can I still get pregnant?

A lot of Women with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have one question in common, “Can I get pregnant?” Well if you have been diagnosed with PCOS, you are definitely not alone as it is one of the most leading causes of women being unable to conceive. If it is you or in fact someone you know that does have PCOS, it’s a great step you have taken by reading this, as the more informed you are about the disease, and the options you have, including the fertility options, the better chance you have of getting pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What happens when I have PCOS?

When a women has PCOS, on her ovaries little sacs filled with fluid (cysts) will appear, this happens because of a hormonal imbalance in the woman’s body which stop the ovaries from doing what they are intended to, such as producing menstrual cycles that are regular which leads to the production of healthy fertile eggs. The ovaries may also grow to be 3 sizes bigger than they normally are. Since getting pregnant while having PCOS can be difficult, it is important to know the symptoms because the likelihood that if you experience a couple of them during the same time period, you could possibly suffer from the disease unknowingly.

Symptoms of PCOS

The main symptoms associated with PCOS include the following.

Unwanted body hair

High blood pressure

Oily skin

Weight gain

Infertility

Irregular or Missed Periods

Irregular or Missed Ovulation

What’s the cause of PCOS?

However, one thing that is difficult to find out is the cause of PCOS, as so far, it is unknown. PCOS can strike women at a very young age, reaching even preteen girls, in fact it’s estimated that 10 to 20% of women are affected worldwide by the disease. There has been research put into it, and there are numerous answers that have been suggested may be the cause, but of course they are not certain. Some studies have shown it could be down to hormones, genetics or the insulin your body produces.

Options to get pregnant with PCOS

There are quite a few options that are available for the woman to use in order to get pregnant, and be able stay pregnant. One of the most popular fertility options is the fertility drugs metformin and clomiphene which stimulate ovulation in the body. The reason for them being so popular is because they are easy to take and quite cheap to buy. Studies have shown clomiphene is successful at a 70% rate of pregnancy in women with PCOS.

In vitro fertilization

Another method of treatment is IVF (in vitro fertilization) which helps women get pregnant, it happens all outside of the body, where the egg is removed and it will be then fertilized with the man’s sperm. The egg will then be put into the mother’s womb and hopefully it will be successfully fertilized, but this doesn’t always work and it is an expensive procedure.

Bottom line

So it is important to be organised, know how much you can and are willing to spend as these are important factors to consider if you really want to get pregnant. The process of trying to conceive with PCOS can get stressful, so it’s important to be prepared. It is also vital to have a healthy lifestyle, from the foods you eat to the places you go, as these will all contribute to your chances of having a successful pregnancy.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • Autumn

    I am 25 never been with child an have been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend for six year….should I be worried?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Conceiving a child does not come easy for a lot of couples so do not be worried. However, if you have been having unprotected sex for six years and have not conceived yet, it is best to consult a fertility specialist and have some tests done and have your ferility options discussed. There are some reproductive diseases that are asymptomatic yet they could be hindering your plans of conceiving. You can also try having sex at least three times a week to ensure that your fertile windows are covered.

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  • PC

    Hi. I am 29 years old and I am diagnosed with PCOS. I am trying to have a baby.
    I am on metformin (for a month now) and I also had clomid on my 2nd day menses.
    I should be on my ovulation period now. However, I am experiencing bleeding during intercourse and after.
    My bleeding isnt as heavy as the normal menses but it is enough to wet a panty liner in a day’s time. It has lasted for 4 days.
    Is this normal? Help me please, what should I do?

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  • Melesia Arbouine

    I have pcos I have regular period now but it is still heavy,I am also anemic,I had sex on one of the days I am suppose to be fertile can I still get pregnant.honestly I need help cause I would love to,

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  • winter

    HI am 39 years old and have been diagnosed with PCOS over 20 years ago after my 2nd miscarriage. I am now we a new partner my husband we have been married for 2 years and started trying to get over a year ago with no luck, I have since been referred to my obgyn specialist back in june 2014, had HSG which came back as me having all my tubes as normal and not blocked, I also had std done and got the all clear, they did tell me I have tiny small sacks in my ovaries and that I don’t always ovulated, she also told me back in july i didn’t ovulated in 2 cycles, am overweight am 14 stones which is 98 kg, that’s my story, what I want to know is will conceive easy help me get pregnant as my time is ticking and my nhs or doctor doesn’t want to help as I soon will be 40 , I know it’s been 2 years since some one commented so not sure if this would get answered, ?. thank you!.

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