Q: I have PCOS and would like to have a baby. What can I do? – Rachael J.
A: With PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) the ovaries produce higher than normal amounts of androgens, and this can interfere with egg development and release.
Sometimes instead of the eggs maturing, cysts (which are little sacs filled with liquid) develop. Instead of an egg being released during ovulation, like during a normal menstrual cycle, the cysts build up in the ovaries and may become enlarged. Females with PCOS are not ovulating or releasing an egg each month and it is common for them to have irregular or missed periods.
Women with PCOS can still get pregnant if they are receiving treatment. Common treatments for PCOS are birth control pills, antiandrogrens and metformin. If you are unable to get pregnant naturally and your uterus is healthy you can try intrauterine insemination or invitro fertilization via an egg donor. Always consult with your doctor to determine treatment and family planning options.
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