MUMBAI, India, Oct. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BSV, during the PCOS awareness month, has launched an awareness via its microsite ‘Start Your Joy‘ talking about various aspects of PCOS. Leading industry experts also join the awareness and shared their views and experience on Understanding PCOS and infertility.
During this PCOS awareness month, India’s leading IVF experts, supported by BSV, talk about this growing condition and how it affects infertility.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that causes ovaries to get enlarged and small cysts develop on the outer edges. The cause or causes of PCOS might be a combination of environmental, lifestyle or genetic factors. BSV got experts on board to help understand this better.
PCOS is a common condition associated with an imbalance in female sexual hormones, which may lead to many symptoms like irregular menstrual periods, excessive hair on the face, etc. “A diagnosis of PCOS is almost always associated with an assumption that getting pregnant will be a challenge. PCOS is one of the main causes of infertility,” Dr Vandana Hegde, Clinical Director – Hegde Fertility, Hyderabad, says. “In fact, 50 per cent of women who have difficulty in conceiving are found to have PCOS.” The signs and symptoms of PCOS usually show up in late adolescence or early adulthood, she points out. They can include:
- Excess hair growth on the face or other places which is usually typical to males.
- Thinning hair on the scalp.
- Oily skin or severe acne.
- Skin tags on the neck or armpits.
- Patches of thick, darkened skin, particularly on the neck, groin, or underneath the breasts.
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight.
- High levels of insulin in blood.
PCOS And Infertility
For infertility caused by PCOS, treatment involves correcting any ovulation issues and tackling metabolic problems, such as insulin resistance. “There are treatments to help ovulate and conceive,” Dr Richa Jagtap, Clinical Director, NOVA IVF Fertility, Chembur, Mumbai adds. “It can also be used to help regulate menstrual cycles and provide protection from endometriosis in women with irregular periods associated with PCOS.” Maintaining a healthy weight can help regulate menstruation and keep blood glucose levels under control. “A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are vital,” she tells.
“Having PCOS does not mean you can’t get pregnant. PCOS is one of the most common but treatable causes of infertility in women. In women with PCOS, the hormonal imbalance interferes with the growth and release of eggs from ovaries (ovulation). So, the key to successful conception is to start treatment at the earliest,” Dr Jagtap advices.
Dr Rajul Tyagi, Clinical Director – Javitri Hospital & Test Tube Baby Centre, Lucknow mentions that currently there is no cure for PCOS, but it can be well-managed. Treating PCOS will differ from person to person but mainly consists of ovarian stimulation drugs, insulin sensitising drugs or surgery. Most women with PCOS who are treated with a short course of drugs are able to get pregnant. There is no standard treatment plan that can work for every woman with PCOS who is planning a pregnancy.
“The fertility specialist will consider various factors before deciding on a treatment plan. These factors include age, symptoms, cause of infertility, personal desire to keep trying other routes of conception and last but not the least, cost of treatment. The doctors may prescribe different treatments like In Vitio Fertilisation (IVF) depending on the particular case. Speak to your doctor to understand if IVF is the best option for you,” Dr Tyagi advises.
About Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd.
Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd. is one of the fastest growing bio-pharmaceutical companies in India. For over 50 years now, BSV has used its scientific resources to develop a range of biological, biotech and pharmaceutical products to treat various types of diseases, especially in the IVF, women’s health and critical care space and continues to contribute to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life. BSV has been consistent in its efforts to raise public awareness on issues pertaining to women’s health and IVF.
To know more, visit www.bsvstartivf.com
‘A public awareness initiative by Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited, intended for general medical and health information and educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician on any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment before undertaking a new health care regimen’.
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