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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: How to treat it and be able to conceive

Women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome have a hard time conceiving.

What most people do not know is that there is hope for such women.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones.

The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome isn’t well understood, but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

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This hormone imbalance causes them to skip menstrual periods, making it harder to get pregnant.

The signs include

  • irregular periods or no periods at all.
  • difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)
  • excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks.
  • weight gain.
  • thinning hair and hair loss from the head.
  • oily skin or acne

There is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome and the goals of treatment are to manage symptoms, achieve pregnancy (if desired), and reduce the risk for complications, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Medical treatment (i.e., medications) for the condition must be continued indefinitely to control symptoms.

According to Remedy’s Health Communities here are ways to manage PCOS

  • Lose weight through a healthy dietincreased exercise, and lifestyle changes.
  • Birth control pills can be used to help regulate the menstrual cycle, balance hormone levels, and reduce acne.
  • Women with PCOS who wish to become pregnant, fertility medications, such as clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Serophene) and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) may be helpful.
  • In-vitro fertilization (IVF) also may be used.

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