Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects a large part of a woman's life cycle and not only in her fertile stage, as some people often believe. PCOS is now considered to be genetically linked and tends to run in families. In this article we will explain what the symptoms of polycystic ovary are and the impact that this condition has on each stage of a woman's life.
Let's start with childhood, if a woman is under 11 years old and has not had her first period, it is very unlikely that she can be diagnosed with a polycystic ovary problem.
Although from the age of 11 there is the possibility of being able to evaluate the signs of this disease, girls who have not had their first menstruation may not experience any of the typical symptoms related to PCOS.
For many women, PCOS often goes unnoticed during adolescence, as many of its symptoms are often confused with features that are common to puberty, such as acne or hair growth.
However, one of the first signs that a teenager is experiencing a PCOS problem is the onset of precocious puberty, which occurs before the age of 8 or 9.
PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder affecting women of childbearing age; that is, around 20 and 30 years old. It is at this stage that most women are diagnosed with PCOS, a situation that often complicates conceiving a baby.
During this stage, the woman's lifestyle is decisive, since the improvement and prevention of metabolic and hormonal problems related to this condition will depend on it, as well as the regulation of her ovulation.
So far there are no conclusive studies on the number of women who experience Polycystic Ovary Syndrome during the menopause stage, which implies the moment from which the woman's menstruation stops completely, thereby ending her fertile stage.
However, this condition is usually related to an increased risk of suffering other types of affectations, when going through that age.
Because Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is directly related to an increase in testosterone and insulin levels, this can lead to a higher chance of suffering from certain diseases such as:
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Patients with PCOS who have problems conceiving should go to a gynecologist who is also a fertility expert, since only these professionals are trained to treat the condition and achieve a baby through a specific Assisted Reproduction alternative for every woman.
Among the different options that a fertility expert usually recommends are the following:
In this low-complexity Assisted Reproduction treatment, drugs such as Clomiphene Citrate (Omnifin) are used to stimulate ovulation in women, whose administration must be carefully monitored to avoid associated risks such as ovarian hyperstimulation.
This treatment is particularly useful when the woman is under 35 years of age and there are no other factors that are affecting her reproductive health; and it is usually accompanied by another treatment, also of low complexity called Timed Intercourse, which implies the synchronization of sexual intercourse with the exact moment of ovulation.
If the previous treatments are not enough due to the particular case of the woman, the option recommended by the specialist doctor will consist of having 1 to 4 In Vitro Fertilizations (IVF), which makes it possible to select the best quality ovules for subsequent treatment. fertilization and implantation in the woman's uterus.
In case you live with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or have a suspicion of it, and you want to have a baby, we are sure that we can help you.
Come to Ingenes and schedule an appointment to obtain your fertility diagnosis, through our Initial Program, with which you will also obtain a specific treatment plan according to your reproductive health evaluation.
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