November 13, 2021 by palani_balaji 0 Comments

PCOS & INFERTILITY

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common ovulatory or endocrine disorder affecting female fertility. It is a common health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS have hormonal imbalances and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is a common cause of infertility. However, it is treatable.

How PCOS impacts Infertility?

PCOS is a hormonal condition where women do not ovulate regularly or release an egg each month and consequently have irregular or less frequent menstrual periods. Irregular periods can lead to infertility and the development of cysts in ovaries.

Women with this condition have bigger ovaries with multiple cysts containing immature eggs. These small cysts are not capable of growing to a size that would cause ovulation to happen. As a result, hormonal imbalances are caused.

In PCOS, the body produces higher than normal levels of androgens as well as insulin. High levels of androgens interfere with the development and regular release of eggs each month. If healthy eggs are not released, it affects fertility.

Who gets PCOS?

It is estimated that polycystic ovarian syndrome affects women of all races and ethnicities. The risk of getting PCOS may be higher if you have a family history of obesity. For most women, signs and symptoms of PCOS show up in their 20s and 30s, when they get menstrual irregularities or problems getting pregnant and see their doctor. However, PCOS can happen at any age after puberty.

Symptoms of PCOS

  • Irregular menstrual periods called oligomenorrhea 
  • Onset of excessive growth of facial and body hair (hirsutism)
  • Thinning hair on the scalp
  • Severe acne
  • Increased skin tags
  • Darkening of skin ( acanthosis nigricans) on the neck, groin or underneath the breasts
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant

What are the treatment options for PCOS if I want to get pregnant?

  • Losing weight
  • There are medicines like Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) for PCOS.
  • IVF – In Vitro Fertilization
  • Surgery ( LOD),  a type of surgery called laparoscopic ovarian drilling

Can I still get pregnant if I have PCOS?

Yes, it`s possible in cases of PCOS patients who have a regular ovulatory menstrual cycle.  However, those with irregular menstrual cycles can get pregnant with fertility treatment.

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October 7, 2021 by palani_balaji 0 Comments

Understanding Infertility

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as a condition where there is an absence of conception. When a couple faces failure to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected sexual intercourse, it is called infertility. It is a difficult reality for couples who are eager to have children.

What causes Infertility?

At some point in their life, couples will desire to conceive a child of their own. With normal fertility, most couples will conceive within a year.  Normal fertility involves a process that has many steps during ovulation and fertilization. To get pregnant, the male must have a sufficient number of healthy motile sperm. The female must have a healthy ovum or eggs from her ovaries. The fallopian tubes must be open for the safe passage of the sperms to fertilize with the egg and fertilized ovum must implant inside of the uterus. Infertility can happen to couples if there are problems with any of these stages.

The causes of reproductive inability in couples are attributed to a number of problems in both men and women.

In women, failure to ovulate is the leading cause of infertility. Other common causes that affect fertility in women are age, damaged or blocked fallopian tubes, irregular ovulatory cycles, endometriosis, fibroids, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.  

In men, infertility can be caused by blocked or absence of vas deferens, poor sperm production, failure of sperm production, abnormal sperm function, varicocele, hormone disorders, chromosome defects, anti-sperm antibodies, and birth defects.  

When should one seek medical help for infertility?

Couples should consult with a fertility specialist if they have had unprotected sex for 1 year without a successful pregnancy.

The single most important factor affecting a couple`s chances of conceiving is the woman`s age. That`s why it is recommended strongly for women to seek medical assistance at the earliest, if she are more than 30 years of age and if she had not conceived after 6 months of unprotected sex. Women under the age of 30 who are not getting pregnant after one year of trying should seek help.  

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Chennai : 84/115, Velachery Road, Little Mount, Saidapet, Chennai – 600015

+91 44 2235 1010 +91 73737 65901

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+91 452 2563134+91 9150912310

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