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Polycystic ovaries and pregnancy planning – what should you keep in mind?

Does polycystic ovary syndrome interfere with getting pregnant or having a normal pregnancy? Find out how to proceed if you are struggling with this condition.

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Do you know what polycystic ovary syndrome is? Find out what this serious disorder is and how it can affect pregnancy planning. 

Polycystic ovary syndrome – what is it?

PCOS – have you heard of it? It’s polycystic ovary syndrome, one of the most common endocrine disorders. It is estimated that it can affect up to about 20 percent of premenopausal women. Typical symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome include:

  • irregular periods and a limited amount of them,
  • lack of ovulation or infrequent ovulation,
  • excessive hairiness,
  • acne,
  • excess androgens,
  • polycystic ovaries detected on ultrasound.

Women suffering from PCOS also often complain of excessive weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Those struggling with the condition often also struggle to get pregnant. 

PCOS and pregnancy

Indeed, polycystic ovary syndrome is considered one of the most common causes of infertility in women. This is due to the fact that ladies struggling with the condition have inovulatory cycles.

However, this does not mean that PCOS patients have no chance of a natural pregnancy. Everything depends on the type and degree of the disorder, but as much as possible pregnancy is possible. With early diagnosis, doctors are able to effectively help prevent the unpleasant consequences of PCOS. Some patients require specific pharmacological support, while for others, lifestyle changes turn out to be sufficient. First of all, it is a matter of modifying the diet and modifying the lifestyle to include more physical activity.

Pregnancy with polycystic ovaries

Once one manages to get pregnant, it is important to remember that in a person with this condition it will be a high-risk pregnancy. A woman must take special care of herself throughout the nine months so that the labor action does not start prematurely. Above all, it is necessary to pay attention to sugar levels, as PCOS contributes to gestational diabetes.

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