polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) do not
ovulate regularly. They often have trouble getting pregnant. The medicine clomiphene (such as Clomid) is commonly used to
stimulate ovulation. But it doesn't work for some women who have PCOS. This is because
many body systems are involved in PCOS ovulation problems.
Often other treatment can restore balance to the body's metabolism and
hormone system, so that ovulation medicine is not needed (or works better if it
Laparoscopic ovarian surgery or in vitro
fertilization (IVF) is sometimes used for women with PCOS who have tried
weight loss and medicine, but still are not ovulating. (A surgery sometimes used is ovarian drilling. This involves partial destruction of an ovary, which can trigger ovulation.) footnote 1
CitationsAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2002, reaffirmed 2008). Management of infertility caused by ovulatory dysfunction. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 34. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 99(2): 347-358.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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