Does PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) affect conception?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), up to 12 percent of women in the United States suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Due to this, they face difficulty in getting pregnant when left untreated. In reality, this number may be higher as a huge number of cases go undiagnosed.

Having PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. It may be just difficult and you can seek treatment to keep PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) symptoms at bay and raise your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

One of the most common reasons a woman has trouble getting pregnant is due to PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). This condition leads to larger than normal ovaries. The ovaries can have many tiny cysts containing immature eggs. 

High levels of androgens interfere with the development and the regular release of eggs (ovulation). If a healthy egg isn’t released, it can’t be fertilised by sperm, and you cannot get pregnant. One of the initial signs of PCOS is missing menstrual periods or having irregular periods.

Also, people with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) have hormonal imbalance, which can lead to increased levels of androgens, formation of small, painless, fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries, thickening of the outer shell of the ovaries and/or high levels of insulin in your blood. The interference with ovulation caused due to these factors leads to missed or irregular periods, and that leads to difficulty in conceiving.

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