PCOS and Ovulation
on Sep 15, 2012
by Monica Scott
Are you suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome? Find out how PCOS affects ovulation and all the treatment options available to you.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a condition that affects many women, leading in some cases to infertility. The ovaries of the sufferer are incapable of producing fully mature eggs, and these remain fixed on the ovaries as cysts. The symptoms of this health issue include absent or irregular menstruation, weight gain, head hair loss and facial hair growth. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
There are many ways in which PCOS and ovulation are related, although the presence of this condition does not necessarily indicate infertility. Here are 6 of the most common facts about the diagnosed methods used to identify this health issue and the way it influences the reproductive process.
A lot of women think that, if they have a normal period, they cannot have PCOS at the same time. In spite of this, there are some cases in which the monthly “bleeding” is nothing else than the result of the increased level of estrogen, or the elimination of the lining of the uterus, renewed every month.
Many women who actually suffer from PCOS are completely relieved when the ultrasound investigation shows no suspect formation on the ovaries. The truth is that old cysts are eliminated from time to time through menstruation, but they continue to appear as the eggs are not completely mature.
In spite of the fact that PCOS and ovulation are connected in many ways, the presence of this condition does not imply the impossibility to conceive. Besides using the procedure known as in vitro fertilization (IVF), a great number of women who are affected by this syndrome get pregnant naturally.
Generally, blood tests are a good method of diagnose, but, in this case, you must not rely entirely on them. In order to correctly identify the presence of PCOS, you must also undergo ultrasounds tests and a complete clinical investigation. It may help to stay alert for physical symptoms such as oily skin, excessive growth of facial hair or head hair loss.
PCOS is a treatable condition, and, in the majority of the cases, the ovulation process is restored to normal. The treatment involves the administration of different prescribed medication that has the role to establish the balance between estrogen and progesterone, restoring the ovulation to normal.
Reducing the daily amount of sugar you consume is another way of getting rid of the cysts on your ovaries. You can also stimulate your body to produce healthy eggs naturally, by giving up unhealthy eating habits and switching to a diet rich in foods with a high content of minerals and vitamins.
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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.