Getting Pregnant with PCOS: Is It Possible To Conceive?


Women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) might not get pregnant or face severe complications during conception until birth. PCOS causes the body to produce excessive male hormones (androgens). This prevents the ovaries not to release eggs, which adds to the struggle of getting pregnant. So, the question is whether there is a possibility of getting pregnant with PCOS.

The good news is there are certain methods to lessen the difficulty in conceiving when you have PCOS. However, the success rate varies from person to person. Today, we will discuss all the possible methods that could help solve the issue.

1. Metformin

The success rates of women getting pregnant with PCOS are high in this case, proof that it works. This treatment method can help lower your calorie intake and give you regular periods. This fertility drug will show comparatively better results in increasing your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS.

2. Clomid

Clomid is one of the most common aids in conceiving used by women with PCOS. But it does not show the same results in all the women that take it. It differs from person to person as your body might show Clomid resistance.

Getting Pregnant with PCOS: Is It Possible To Conceive?
Getting Pregnant with PCOS: Is It Possible To Conceive?

3. Letrozole

Letrozole is not a fertility drug but rather a cancer medication. Studies have shown that it is more effective than Clomid when it comes to restarting regular ovulation. It also has no side effects, which is already a huge plus in itself.

4. Gonadotropins

The doctor might recommend a combination of oral and injectable fertility drugs. 

5. In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

This method is usually used when all other methods fail to provide the desired results. If you’ve tried all the things mentioned above yet you still did not get pregnant, IVF is worth trying.

In this treatment, fertilization occurs outside the body in a laboratory dish. First, fertility drugs are injected into the body so that the ovaries produce a good amount of mature eggs. Then, they are retrieved from the ovaries and placed together with the sperm into Petri dishes. If everything is in place, the sperm might end up fertilizing some of the eggs. The fertilized eggs are then implanted in the uterus after three to five days. After two weeks, the doctor will call you to check whether it was a successful IVF attempt or not. 

Getting Pregnant with PCOS: Is It Possible To Conceive?
Getting Pregnant with PCOS: Is It Possible To Conceive?

But one notable point is that women with PCOS may suffer from Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) due to the fertility drugs being injected. In this case, the ovaries become swollen and painful. To avoid such a situation, In-Vitro Maturation (IVM) comes into the picture.

IVM is the process wherein eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and matured in the laboratory before fertilization. This means that you won’t have to get injected with fertility drugs, saving you from the painful symptoms of OHSS.

If you want to increase the possibility of getting pregnant with PCOS, you can try these methods. The chances of success vary from women to women and treatment to treatment.

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