PCOS and Fertility Treatments

Dallas IVF knows how to handle the unique relationship between PCOS and fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS, is a common and treatable cause of infertility. The physicians at Dallas IVF regularly see patients with PCOS who are seeking fertility treatment. Each DFW PCOS specialist at Dallas IVF is experienced in treating PCOS and fertility issues to help patients become parents.

PCOS and fertility issues require a different treatment approach

PCOS is caused by the insulin resistance and hormone imbalances in your body; it is characterized by the many small cysts growing in the ovaries each month. Your ovaries should recruit and release one egg each month. However, women with PCOS have irregular menstrual cycles because they do not ovulate regularly. Since a woman with PCOS is not maturing and releasing eggs on a regular basis, it is more difficult for her to get pregnant.

Fertility issues look different in a patient with the syndrome, so a DFW PCOS specialist will recommend specific treatments. Since irregular ovulation causes infertility in PCOS patients, your fertility specialist will prescribe medications to stimulate ovulation. These medications include metformin, letrozole, clomiphene citrate and gonadotropins.

Lifestyle changes that address weight may be enough to manage PCOS. Even a 5% drop in weight can make a difference.

Fertility medications and timed intercourse can also help women conceive. However, other women may need more advanced fertility interventions like intrauterine insemination, IUI, or in vitro fertilization, IVF. You should speak with your physician to determine the right treatment plan for you.

It’s important to find a fertility specialist who can prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a special concern for any patient who is taking fertility medications. If a physician does not carefully monitor a patient who is taking fertility medications, the patient can develop OHSS. When this occurs, the ovaries swell, resulting in abdominal pain, bloating and rapid weight gain and health problems can occur.

However, OHSS is preventable. Each DFW PCOS specialist at Dallas IVF is careful to monitor patients on fertility medications. If early signs of OHSS start to appear, our physicians will adjust the medication dosage to prevent onset of the syndrome.

If you are interested in learning about fertility treatments for PCOS, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our team of reproductive endocrinologists is committed to helping patients with PCOS find fertility success.