Answer from: Kate Davies, RN, BSc (Hons), FP Cert
The number one treatment for PCOS and therefore treating your infertility is lifestyle. So really thinking about your diet, having a healthy diet which is low in refined carbohydrates and sugars. But also you should consider your exercise, so having some cardiovascular exercise but also some muscle strengthening exercises. That’s the first thing you can do at home. Fertility wise, the majority of women with PCOS don’t need IVF which is great news, but if you’re not ovulating regularly, then you may need some ovulation induction medication such as clomid or letrozole to help you ovulate more regularly and therefore increase the likelihood of getting pregnant.
Answer from: Halyna Strelko, MD
This is probably the best patient of the IVF clinic because they don’t need IVF normally. We can treat them without IVF. We can stimulate their ovaries and restore ovulation and they become pregnant naturally – this is the main goal of treatment of this patient, so first of all, it is necessary to do the check up to see if all is fine with blood pressure, with sugar, with lipids. To see the general condition, to understand if we will have specific complications or may have specific complications during the pregnancy. If all is fine, we can start the stimulation of ovaries, of course in case on normal sperm count and morphology of husband and if tubes are not blocked, if tubes are permeable so in this case we can do the stimulation and the most of cases 2 – 3 cycle, we will receive our pregnancy and no need to do IVF – a difficult treatment.
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