Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the biggest cause of infertility among women. It can be a daunting discovery for many women; especially those who hope to start a family. Many women only discover they have PCOS when they try to conceive. The good news is that PCOS cannot only be treated, but those who have the condition can go on to have happy healthy children with the help of Cyprus IVF Centre and all of us at Team Miracle.
What is PCOS ?
PCOS is a very common hormonal disorder among women. Small cysts grow on the follicles of a woman’s ovaries that lead to an imbalance in her hormones. The woman’s ovaries produce more androgens, commonly thought of as male hormones, which can have a negative effect on the production and regular release of eggs. There is also evidence to suggest that women with PCOS often have too much insulin leading to further problems as there is too much glucose in the blood.
There are a number of common symptoms that include unusual hair growth in places such as the neck or chest, weight gain, acne and ovulation problems. Irregular or infrequent periods can also be a sign of PCOS.
Many women only discover that they have PCOS when they try to conceive but it’s important to look out for it early in order to give yourself as much time as possible to deal with any issues. Team Miracle has seen a number of women overcome PCOS and go on to have one, two or many more babies! Although PCOS can affect fertility there are plenty of options for those who want children, the most successful being IVF.
Diagnoses itself can be done in a number of ways. Doctors will usually ask about your medical history and symptoms and may perform a physical exam taking your blood pressure and BMI among other tests. They can carry out blood tests to check your hormone levels and an internal ultrasound of your ovaries may be able to tell whether there are problematic cysts present and can indicate the best way to proceed.
What is the treatment for PCOS ?
Fortunately there is treatment for PCOS, both for the underlying causes and the individual symptoms. Weight loss is usually one of the first things doctors will suggest as bringing down your BMI will often help cases of PCOS and will make additional treatments such as IVF more effective. However, unlike in the UK and other countries, Team Miracle understand that it is often extremely difficult for PCOS sufferers to maintain a “normal” BMI. Therefore, Cyprus IVF Centre does not have any BMI restrictions. We can treat any woman no matter what her weight is.
For those women who do not yet want to get pregnant doctors will often use a contraceptive pill such as Yasmin to help with acne, hair growth and to regulate their cycle. A medicine called metformin is often used to help with sugar regulation and also to restore hormonal balance.
PCOS can cause problems with fertility in some women as they do not regularly ovulate but with the help of IVF for PCOS these can be overcome. Since it is commonly discovered when trying to conceive more and more women are using IVF for PCOS with excellent results. There are some medications such as gonadotropins which can help women with PCOS get pregnant but medications such as this carry a high risk of conceiving twins or triplets. IVF allows couples much greater control over what they want from a pregnancy.
Cyprus IVF Centre treatment will ensure the highest standard of IVF care for all its patients. Team Miracle works tirelessly with women who have PCOS to make certain that they receive the best care, and the greatest chance of being able to have a baby.
Risks for Sufferers of PCOS with IVF Treatment Abroad
The main risk for women suffering with PCOS is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) during the IVF cycle. Our doctors at Cyprus IVF Centre has extensive experience treating women with PCOS and she uniquely tailors the medication protocol to minimise the risk of OHSS.
You may need to stay in Cyprus for slightly longer than the minimum 7 days required so that Team Miracle can provide additional scans (for no extra charge) during the stimulation phase of your IVF in Cyprus.
Cyprus IVF and PCOS
Cyprus IVF Centre has an excellent success rate for women with PCOS. Thanks to the best doctor, facilities and personalised patient care Team Miracle has been able to help countless couples conceive in spite of the condition. IVF in Cyprus is becoming more and more popular for couples that want the best treatment available. All of the doctors and staff that work with us know what a difficult time facing infertility can be. That is often made even worse knowing that PCOS is to blame.
PCOS can seem very scary. Discovering a problem just as you are hoping to start a family can be terrifying. But help is at hand. Team Miracle understands your fears and our staff will happily walk you through every step of the process and ensure you understand that IVF for PCOS can be a miracle solution. You’ll receive consultations with the best doctors who have incredible knowledge about PCOS and all of the options available to you.
PCOS is different in every patient, but Cyprus IVF Centre and all members of Team Miracle including the renowned our doctors will make sure that you get the best treatment for you.