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A 28-year-old female asked:

Why do woman with pcos have bad egg quality? is it something we can do to improve the quality of the eggs?

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Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Sometimes yes: Women with pcos usually have plenty of eggs present in the ovaries: they just don't mature and ovulate on a regular basis. If overweight, losing weight can improve ovulation. Some women find that myo-inositol supplements (chiral-balance or pregnitude are two brands available) may improve ovulation as well. Be sure your thyroid function has been tested also.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
The don't: The problem is not the quality of the eggs - it is the lack of ovulation. The ovary must release an egg each cycle for there to be an opportunity to conceive - with pcos the ovulation is infrequent or absent and there is less likelihood of conceiving. The eggs are still just as good.

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Last updated May 26, 2015

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