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Top 10 Facts about PCOS and Pregnancy


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that interferes with the working of the ovary and thereby disrupting the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Normally, about 5 follicles mature in every menstrual cycle and at least one releases an egg, while PCOS causes double the number of follicles to mature but do not release any egg.  This disrupts the menstrual cycle and the chances of getting pregnant. Luckily, there are treatments available to reverse this condition although the cause of PCOS is uncertain.

Facts about PCOS related to pregnancy:

  • According to reports, PCOS affects around 7% of women in their child bearing age; however, it is common among the women of South Asian descent.
  • There are various reasons for PCOs to occur: genetics, higher levels of insulin hormone in the body, over weight and obesity are some of the reasons linked with PCOS.
  • In some cases, the body might have less sensitivity to insulin for some reason causing PCOS. This causes an imbalance in the hormones secreted which interferes with menstrual cycle and prevents ovulation.
  • The major symptom of PCOS is irregular periods or absence of periods for a long time. It is necessary to check with a gynecologist if this condition exists.
  • Other symptoms of PCOS include issues getting pregnant, thinning hair and hair loss, weigh gain, depression, mood swings, acne and oily skin, extra hair growth in face, belly etc.
  • PCOS can be diagnosed through a blood test or an ultrasound scan for further treatment.
  • Treatments include fertility medication, pills, diabetic treatment, obesity medication, surgical interventions etc. PCOS can be controlled naturally by altering the lifestyle of the patients.
  • Lifestyle changes such as following a healthy diet, sleeping right, physical exercise, weight control etc., can help to control PCOS.
  • It is possible for women affected with PCOS to get pregnant, if they follow proper treatment prescribed by the doctor.
  • Pregnant women with PCOS should follow:

 A low glycemic diet, staying active, maintaining proper weight, having a stress free balanced life and keeping up with the doctor’s treatment.


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