Fertility tips: 3 "Huh, why didn't I think of that before?" Infertility treatments
Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD writes:
About 1/3 of couples trying to conceive a baby over the age of 35 will experience some form of infertility problems. The greatest obstacle when trying to conceive later in life is the aging process itself. Age affects a woman's chances of getting pregnant in a number of ways.
The ability for a woman's ovaries to release a healthy egg for fertilization naturally declines with age. The health of a woman's eggs also declines with age. As a woman ages, she's also more likely to have other health issues that may arise, such as the ability to produce healthy ovum. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that affects about 5-10% of women and is the leading cause of infertility. While the causes of PCOS are largely unknown, leading studies have demonstrated that insulin resistance may be heavily related with the cause of PCOS. In some cases, it seems to run in the family, and for others, the condition seems to occur in instances of women who are overweight.
If you have PCOS, you may encounter problems such as:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Amenorrhoea (a condition in which a woman does not menstruate)
- Excessive hair growth (due to increased levels of testosterone)
- Infertility (typically found in women who ovulate less or not at all)
There's no easy test for PCOS, so a thorough examination by your doctor to assess your symptoms and review your medical history and physical appearance will be necessary. If your doctor suspects PCOS, they will probably conduct a number of tests to confirm it and rule out more serious medical conditions.
The main fertility problem for women with PCOS is a lack of ovulation. There are a number of infertility treatments, such as Clomiphene (Clomid) and Gonadotropin, which can be used to stimulate ovulation. However, with this infertility treatment women are at increased risk of multiple births. If you suffer from PCOS and you are actively trying to conceive, stimulating ovulation should be your first infertility treatment option. Treatment with Clomid is usually successful in inducing ovulation in nearly 80% of patients and if that line of PCOS infertility treatment proves unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend Gonadotropin injections as an alternative infertility treatment.
While these infertility treatments are designed to stimulate ovulation, they also involve extensive medical supervision and often significant medical cost. Prior to considering invasive medical treatment for PCOS, many women may wish to explore alternative fertility treatment options. Maintaining a healthy body weight is one way to manage PCOS. In doing so, you will help your body achieve lower glucose levels, use insulin more efficiently and may help to restore a normal menstrual cycle. Even a 10% loss in body weight can often prove effective in making a woman's cycles more regular.
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