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polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) do not
ovulate regularly and often have difficulty becoming
pregnant. Although the medicine clomiphene (such as Clomid) is commonly used to
stimulate ovulation, it doesn't work for some women who have PCOS. This is because
PCOS ovulation problems are linked to an imbalance of multiple body systems.
Often other treatment measures can restore balance to the body's metabolism and
hormone system, making ovulation medicine unnecessary (or more effective if it
Laparoscopic ovarian surgery such as ovarian drilling
(partial destruction of an ovary, which can trigger ovulation) or in vitro
fertilization (IVF) are sometimes used for women with PCOS who have tried
weight loss and fertility medicine, but still are not ovulating.1
For more information, see the topic Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
American 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.
December 7, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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