In some cases, a woman doesn’t make enough of the hormones needed to ovulate. When ovulation doesn’t happen, the ovaries can develop many small cysts. These cysts make hormones called androgens. Women with PCOS often have high levels of androgens. This can cause more problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle. And it can cause many of the symptoms of PCOS.
Aunque el síndrome de ovario poliquístico (que antes se llamaba "síndrome de Stein-Leventhal") se identificó por primera vez en la década de los años treinta del siglo XX, los médicos todavía no conocen sus causas con certeza. Las investigaciones sugieren que puede estar relacionado con un aumento de la fabricación de insulina en el cuerpo. Las mujeres con síndrome de ovario poliquístico es posible que produzcan demasiada insulina, lo que estimula a sus ovarios a liberar un exceso de hormonas masculinas. El síndrome de ovario poliquístico parece darse por familias, de modo que si lo padece alguna pariente tuya, tú podrías ser proclive a desarrollarlo.
Si bien no se recomienda como primer tratamiento, existe una operación para el tratamiento de PCOS, llamada incisión ovárica. Se realiza un pequeño corte encima o debajo del ombligo y se inserta un pequeño instrumento llamado laparoscopio que sirve como telescopio en el abdomen. Durante la laparoscopía, el médico puede hacer punciones en el ovario con una aguja delgada que tiene corriente eléctrica para destruir una pequeña porción del ovario. La cirugía puede mejorar los niveles hormonales y la ovulación, aunque es posible que la mejoría dure solo unos meses.
El SOP es la causa más común de infertilidad en la mujer y afecta del 6 al 12 % (hasta 5 millones) de mujeres en edad reproductiva en los Estados Unidos. Pero es mucho más que eso. Las mujeres con este síndrome con frecuencia tienen resistencia a la insulina (información disponible solo en inglés), es decir que no responden eficazmente a la insulina, por lo que sus cuerpos continúan produciendo más. Se piensa que el exceso de insulina hace aumentar los niveles de andrógenos (hormonas masculinas que también tienen las mujeres) producidos por los ovarios (órganos que producen los óvulos), lo cual puede hacer que no se liberen los óvulos (ovulación) y puede causar menstruaciones irregulares, acné, debilitamiento del cabello y crecimiento excesivo de vello en la cara y el cuerpo.
There is growing evidence that mood disturbances, mostly severe depression, are common in PCOS women , in whom impaired quality of life from body image concerns cause fatigue, sleep disturbance and changes in eating habits. In addition, many PCOS patients report feeling abnormal, unfeminine, and embarrassed due to unwanted hair, often hiding their hair growth and covering their face when talking to others. Understanding how a woman feels about her body image and improving this perception are essential components of any management plan that provides overall health care to women with PCOS.

This therapeutic modality is also considered a second-line treatment for the infertility of women with PCOS. However, because it is an invasive method that requires general anesthesia and has a higher cost and potential complications, this technique should be used in cases of anovulatory women with CC-resistant PCOS who require laparoscopy for another reason (pelvic pain, adnexal mass, etc.). This technique can be performed using monopolar electrocautery or laser techniques, with both exhibiting a similar efficacy and the goal is between 4 and 10 punctures because a larger number may favor the development of premature ovarian failure 25,29. The mechanism of action of ovarian drilling in the treatment of infertility in women with PCOS is suggested to be based on the decreased secretion of androgens and consequent reduction of peripheral aromatization of these compounds into estrone. Furthermore, the follicular microenvironment becomes more estrogenic, which facilitates follicular growth 30. Regarding the efficacy of ovarian drilling, observational studies demonstrated that the ovulation rate was between 54 and 76% in the 6 months after the procedure and 33 and 88% in the 12 months after the procedure. During these periods, the spontaneous pregnancy rate ranged between 28 and 56% and 54 and 70%, respectively 31.


PCOS is the most common cause of anovulatory (pronounced an-OV-yuh-luh-tawr-ee) infertility, meaning that the infertility results from the absence of ovulation, the process that releases a mature egg from the ovary every month. Many women don't find out that they have PCOS until they have trouble getting pregnant...Read more about PCOS NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


PCOS treatment is different for different people. While there is no cure for PCOS, taking medicine and losing weight can help  your symptoms. If you don’t want to become pregnant, your doctor or nurse may recommend hormonal birth control, like the hormonal IUD, birth control implant, pill, patch, ring, or shot to treat your PCOS. The pill, patch, or ring may be particularly helpful if you’re struggling with acne or want more regular periods. If you’re trying to get pregnant, drugs that treat insulin resistance may help, as well as certain fertility drugs that can help you ovulate. Losing weight can also help with ovulation and fertility.

hi dok? my concern din po ako irep. ang menstruation 6mos.hindi ako dinatnan then ngpahilot po ako kc ang alam namin ng husband ko buntis ako sbi nman ng manghihilot buntis ako, then after how many day ngbleed ako ngpacheck up ako tpos sbi nung ngpacheck upan ko hndi ako buntis. then ngayon ngmemens na rn po ako bwan bwan kso pabgo bgo ng mga dates and days ang mens ko. posible po bng my PCOS dn ako?


Hormonal aberrations in women with PCOS (e.g., elevated androgen levels) can cause menstrual irregularities (e.g., oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea, anovulatory cycles) that can lead to dysfunctional uterine bleeding and infertility.2 First-line agents for ovulation induction and treatment of infertility in patients with PCOS include metformin8,11,15,32,35,36 and clomiphene (Clomid),6,7 alone or in combination, as well as rosiglitazone.19,20,32
Why treat IR in PCOS women? For many years only PCOS women with DM were treated. As the link between IGT and CAD became more apparent, many PCOS women with IGT were treated. We now understand that IR is often the first step in a progression to DM and CAD. Those who now advocate treatment for IR do so for the following reasons: reduction of insulin and androgen levels, prevention of IGT and DM, potential for improved ovulation, symptomatic improvement, prevention of MS[63]. Ultimately, secondary prevention in young women with identifiable and treatment precursor conditions is far more desirable and easier than treatment of these same women later in life with serious disease.

Ya que PCOS causa un alto nivel de glucosa en la sangre, puede ser útil que las embarazadas con el síndrome se hagan pruebas de diabetes gestacional antes de lo que normalmente se prescribe. La diabetes gestacional ocurre cuando se ve afectada la capacidad de la mujer de procesar glucosa. El alto nivel de glucosa en la sangre de la madre puede hacer que el bebé sea grande y tenga pulmones inmaduros, como también que madre e hijo tengan problemas durante el parto. Por lo general se usa una dieta minuciosamente balanceada, inyecciones de insulina o ambos para controlar la diabetes gestacional.
It’s important to follow-up regularly with your health care provider and make sure you take all the medications prescribed to regulate your periods and lessen your chance of getting diabetes or other health problems. Because you have a slightly higher chance of developing diabetes, your health care provider may suggest that you have your blood sugar tested once a year, or have a glucose challenge test every few years. Quitting smoking (or never starting) will also improve your overall health. Because you have a higher chance of developing diabetes, your health care provider may suggest having a:
I was diagnosed with pcos while using implanon birth control in November 2012. I was told it was che...mical, it was symptom and blood diagnosed not with cysts on my ovaries. My ob/gyn told me that implanon can cause pcos and many other terrible medical conditions. I had it removed in January 2013 and have been trying to get pregnant since, after being told I needed a hysterectomy. (I was 24). In the past year I have gotten pregnant twice, both ended with miscarriage. In January this year, I had my blood tested again and I am almost completely normal. I'll always have pcos, it's life long, but the fact that after a year of getting the implanon removed I was able to get my blood back to normal. My endocrinologist called it miraculous!
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens, Sabal serrulata) This herb has anti estrogenic effects and also has been found to decrease the testosterone levels in the blood. Both effects are very positive for women with PCOS .9 The herb has properties that can block the process of testosterone turning into DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a by-product of testosterone) which in turn lowers male hormones in the body.
The prevalence of insulin resistance in women with PCOS, as measured by impaired glucose tolerance, is substantially higher than expected compared with age-and weight-matched populations of women without PCOS.45 Although insulin resistance alone is a laboratory (not clinical) aberration, it can lead to diabetes, and it may be associated with the metabolic syndrome, thus leading to increased cardiovascular risk.2 As with diabetes, optimal treatment of PCOS requires lifestyle modifications (e.g., diet, exercise) in addition to appropriate medications.
In vitro fertilization represents the third-line treatment for infertility in women with PCOS 9. However, if the initial assessment demonstrates a bilateral tubal occlusion and/or concentration of recovered motile sperm less than or equal to 5 million, this treatment becomes the first option along with lifestyle changes. The risk of OHSS is the main complication of the highly complexity treatment in women with PCOS. Thus, to minimize this side effect, ovarian stimulation should be initiated with low doses of gonadotropins (100 to 150 IU of FSHr) and the pituitary should be suppressed with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist because this method is associated with a reduced risk of OHSS compared with an agonist (29 randomized control trials (RCTs); OR 0.43; 95% CI: 0.33 to 0.57) 32. If the patient presents with clinical and ultrasound signs of OHSS, final oocyte maturation should be performed with a GnRH agonist and embryos should be frozen and transferred in a subsequent cycle 33,34. Infertile women with PCOS may present with better general oocyte and embryo quality rates; however, the clinical pregnancy and live birth rates are similar to those observed in normo-ovulatory women without PCOS 35.

Goodman, N. F., Cobin, R. H., Futterweit, W., Glueck, J. S., Legro, R. S., & Carmina, E. (2015). American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American College of Endocrinology, and Androgen Excess and PCOS Society disease state clinical review: guide to the best practices in the evaluation and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome - part 1. Endocrine Practice, 11, 1291–300.
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