Dr Manika Khanna
A couple married for 5 years, with woman aged 31 years came to Gaudium IVF for their treatment. The female had a history of irregular cycles since menarche(beginning of periods in females). She was diagnosed with severe PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome)and had 3 failed IUI cycles. At Gaudium, she was put on a special protocol meant for PCOS patients. All of her embryos were frozen and transferred in the next cycle. She successfully conceived in the first attempt.
A happy success story, isn’t it? This is just one of the many success stories Gaudium IVF has been able to deliver over the years. Every 1 out of 10 woman suffer from PCOS which is a common cause of female infertility with a high risk for Type 2 diabetes, ovarian or breast cancer and other major diseases. Early detection and treatment is the best way to deal with PCOS and thus enable the couple to cherish parenthood.
Understanding PCOS : Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects more than just the ovaries, it has an impact on the overall health of a woman. It occurs when LH (Luteinizing hormone -female hormone that is responsible for ovulation) levels in the female body are very high leading to irregular ovulation. It causes an imbalance in the levels of estrogen and progesterone resulting in excessive male hormones in the body. Multiple cysts on one or both of the ovaries are formed which hinders conception and thus causing infertility.
Common Symptoms: PCOS patients tend to exhibit different symptoms. Some may have a few symptoms and some have a lot more. The most common symptoms are:
Weight gain and difficulty in losing weight
Male pattern baldness in women (Alopecia)
Excessive hair on the face and body (mostly on chest, stomach, and back)
Irregular or absent periods
Treating PCOS: PCOS can take a toll on women’s overall health, so an early diagnosis and treatment is really important. Since there is no specific medicine or cure for PCOS, it becomes necessary that the amount of female hormones in the body are well balanced. PCOS is controllable, with the help of an expert doctor’s advice on proper diet, medicines, exercise and other lifestyle changes it can be dealt efficiently. In some severe cases, the cysts or fibroids are also removed surgically.
It is the most common myth, that women with PCOS cannot get pregnant, but Gaudium IVF has been succesfully busting this myth by treating the patients effectively through lifestyle modifications, medications and weight loss under the guidance of the best IVF specialist.
Author Dr. Manika Khanna is renowned IVF Specialist of India