PCOD/PCOS


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PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) formerly called PCOD is a common condition seen in 20-30% of the reproductive aged women. It is no more considered a disease. It is a syndrome – a collection of signs often seen together.

How is the diagnosis of PCOS made?

The diagnosis of PCOS is based on the presence of 2 of the following 3 symptoms

  • Anovulation or irregular cycles
  • Signs of hyperandrogenism – increased testosterone in the the body characterized by increased hair on the face and body(hirsuitism), acne, weight gain, alopecia.
  • Polycystic ovaries on scan

Can I get pregnant with a diagnosis of PCOS?

Yes, it is possible to get pregnant with PCOS although these women take longer to conceive and have higher rates of miscarriage. Following a healthy lifestyle and maintaining optimum weight makes it easier for these women to conceive. If the couple is finding it difficult to conceive naturally, medications can help these women conceive.

What are the complications of PCOS?

The complications associated with PCOS include:

  • Anovulation - causing irregular cycles, infertility
  • Hormonal disturbances
  • Increased risk of Pregnancy complications
  • Increased risk of Diabetes mellitus
  • Psychological disturbances

Can PCOS be treated?

It is possible to take care of the symptoms of PCOS. Regular exercise and healthy diet can improve the hormonal disturbance in women with PCOS. Weight loss in obese women with PCOS improves pregnancy rates. Women need to be counselled regarding the disease and its effects on various aspects of life. Women who understand PCOS better can take better care of their health and overcome its symptoms.

What are the treatment options for PCOS related infertility?

If the woman is unable to conceive, the following options are available:

  • Ovulation induction
  • Intrauterine insemination(IUI)
  • IVF/ICSI
  • Laparoscopic ovarian drilling may be advised in some women.

What are the complications of fertility treatment in women with PCOS?

Ovulation induction/ Stimulation for the process of IVF/ICSI must be carried out in a controlled way with adequate supervision as there is a risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in these women.

The miscarriage rates in the first 12 weeks in women with PCOS is higher as compared to other women.

Which doctor is best for PCOD /PCOS treatment?

Dr Sneha J is a Gynecologist and best fertility specialist. She has completed MD OBG from the top university AIIMS , Delhi and University fellowship in Fertility/ Reproductive medicine. She had further training in dealing with these conditions, as a visiting fellow at high output centres in Madrid, Spain and Chicago,USA. A gynaecologist with training in Reproductive Medicine is best for PCOD/PCOS treatment.

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