PCOS Pregnancy Odds

Polycystic ovarian Syndrome, known as PCOS for short and also known as PCOD or Polycystic ovarian Disease, is one of the leading causes of infertility among women.  While research has not yet determined how to cure for PCOS, it may be possible for a woman with PCOS to increase her odds of getting pregnant with the right treatment or treatments.

When trying to get pregnant, most women with PCOS will not experience any major problems.  However, for those that do, PCOS can be an extremely frustrating condition.  PCOS can cause a variety of problems, from a delay in conception to higher miscarriage rates to complications with pregnancy.  For some women, the first symptoms of PCOS are that they are having very few or even no periods.  This typically is measured by having less than 9 periods in a twelve month timeframe.  Some women with PCOS will have no period whatsoever.  Some women with polycystic ovarian disease will have regular periods, but may not ovulate every month, or at all.

One of the most popular treatments for infertility in women with polycystic ovaries is Clomid.  Clomid is used to stimulate ovulation.  Clomid will help around 4 out of 5 women ovulate, and can greatly increase a woman’s odds of getting pregnant.  Around 45% of women with PCOS who use Clomid will be able to conceive within four to six cycles.  Clomid does carry an increased risk of having a multiple or twin pregnancy.

If Clomid does not successfully treat infertility, the next step is often to use hormones to try to stimulate the ovaries into producing eggs.  Here again, this treatment, referred to as ovarian stimulation, carries the risk of multiple or twin pregnancy.

There is a surgical procedure that is similar to ovarian stimulation.  Known as ovarian drilling, this operation uses the making of several small holes in each ovary with a fine probe or laser.  For some women, this can restore ovulation, or at least make their ovaries more likely to respond to Clomid.  Somewhere around 60% of women with PCOS will experience success with ovarian drilling or ovarian stimulation, and have regular cycles after the treatments, if there are not any additional problems with fertility.

A more radical procedure, IVF or in vitro fertilization, remains an option for a woman who has not responded to other treatments and wants to get pregnant.  The success rates of IVF can vary greatly depending on a variety of individual factors, including the length of infertility, weight, and age.

Getting pregnant with Polycystic ovaries can be challenging.  However, the methods listed above greatly increase the odds that a woman with polycystic ovaries has of getting pregnant.