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How does fertility treatment for lo-cah differ from fertility treatment for pcos? I'm young, normal-weight, ovulate rarely, and am otherwise healthy.

How does fertility treatment for lo-cah differ from fertility treatment for pcos?  I'm young, normal-weight, ovulate rarely, and am otherwise healthy.

Yes: Even though the 2 disorders have the same symptoms, their causes are different. Most docs will treat cah with steroids (to suppress the adrenal output) and pcos with with some combo of Clomid (clomiphene) and/or metformin (to treat Insulin resistance and induce ovulation). ...Read more

Dr. Victor Beshay
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Assisted Reproduction (Definition)

Assisted reproduction is a field of study in which a person works to understand fertility problems and help couples overcome their difficulties in becoming pregnant. Methods of assisting reproduction include hormone therapy, "in vitro" fertilization outside the body, analysis or sperm and eggs, etc... A doctor of this specialty is ...Read more


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Are the fertility treatment options the same for lean and overweight women with pcos?

Are the fertility treatment options the same for lean and overweight women with pcos?

Yes: There is no difference, except that weight loss obviously won't be as effective in a lean individual. ...Read more

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How safe is progesterone tablets for pcos fertility treatment?

How safe is progesterone tablets for pcos fertility treatment?

Safe; sometimes used: Progesterone or artificial versions (progestins) can be safely used to induce a period for women with pcos who have very few periods (less than 4 a year) or no periods. It does not improve your chances of conceiving because it induces bleeding, not ovulation (egg release). Progesterone can also be given for low Progesterone levels in the 2nd half of a cycle, or to support an early pregnancy. ...Read more

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I weigh 154lb. Diagnosed with pcos. What is the first line of fertility treatment? Trying to conceive for a year and a half.

I weigh 154lb. 
Diagnosed with pcos. 
What is the first line of fertility treatment?
Trying to conceive for a year and a half.

PCOs: This is definitely something you want to discuss with you gynecologist. Since most women with PCOS don's ovulate, one of the first therapies would be to induce ovulation with medication. Something like Clomid (clomiphene) or Femara. However, it is difficult to say specifics in your case without knowing your medical history, medications, etc. ...Read more

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I have pcos on the low end and I am on metformin trying to get pregnant again. Dr says I should try fertility treatment. Is it necessary?

I have pcos on the low end and I am on metformin trying to get pregnant again. Dr says I should try fertility treatment. Is it necessary?

PCOS and pregnancy: Pcos often causes infertility, however with vigorous proper treatment many women can get pregnant. Everyone is different. Pcos is often associated with being overweight, excess androgen secretion, hyperinsulinism, metabolic syndrome and hormone abnormalities. It is advisable to see specialists with a major interest in pcos. Diet, weight control, ample exercise and medications are indicated. ...Read more

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Why doesn't fertility treatment always work?

Why doesn't fertility treatment  always work?

Healthy eggs: The biggest reason is a problem with egg health, such as aneuploidy. Most eggs do not have the capacity to produce a pregnancy. Some have missing parts of the genetic recipe for pregnancy. ...Read more

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When must a couple seek fertility treatment?

Depends: A couple with no risk factors or medical problems should try for about 6 to 12 months before getting evaluated and considering treatment - 6 months if the woman is 35 or older and 12 months if she is younger. However, if you have medical or gynecologic problems like endometriosis, irregular periods, previous surgery, etc, you should see someone now. ...Read more

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What is IVF fertility treatment?

What is IVF fertility treatment?

Outside body: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) means that fertilization occurs "outside the body" (in vitro). We stimulate the woman's ovaries to mature multiple eggs. We retrieve them in the office with the woman under anesthesia to allow us to suction the eggs with a needle. We combine the sperm with the eggs and culture the embryos. We transfer 1-3 embryos based on woman's age and embryo quality. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Fertility Treatment (Definition)

Fertility treatment means some type of therapy that would increase the odds of someone becoming pregnant. There are many different types of treatment, including, and certainly not limited to, intrauterine insemination, usage of fertility medication, and in-vitro fertilization. I hope this ...Read more


Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

See the link below: https://www.healthtap.com/#publications/2039180 It is what Dr. Khurram Rehman wrote, but has the detail of an article for those interested in ...Read more