Friday, September 12, 2008

Possible Non-Pharmaceutical Solutions for PCOS, a Type of Infertility

GBB Note: This story is interesting. At the least, it does provide food for thought. Reducing wheat and sugar in the diet does make one feel better. Can it help with a type of infertility?

24-7- The first "test tube" baby turned thirty this year, marking three decades of babies conceived using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Experts are still arguing the level of risk associated with the procedure, some taking the stance that there are grave risks for both mother and child, others that the dangers are overstated. Regardless of who is right, most women want to conceive naturally, without fertility drugs or IVF.

Conception through IVF increases the likeliness of having twins, which may double the joy or double the work. IVF may also cause serious side-effects like ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb), ovarian hyperstimulation (OHSS), and the possibility of increased risk for ovarian cancer. And at about $12,000 per cycle, IVF carries a financial risk as well: there is no guarantee you will become pregnant.

Before IVF is considered, fertility drugs are usually the first line used in reproductive therapy. Clomid is one of the most popular fertility drugs prescribed. It works by stimulating ovary follicles to encourage ovulation. Side-effects can include: mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, and again, there is no guarantee you will become pregnant. In fact, research shows that it's more likely that while taking Clomid you will not become pregnant. In clinical studies published by the U.S. FDA (Federal Drug Administration), only about 30% of women conceived while taking Clomid.

One of the leading causes of infertility is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS may take the form of numerous symptoms, which vary from woman to woman: including weight gain, irregular periods, thinning hair, excessive hair growth on the face and body, acne, depression, mood swings and anxiety. If you feel you may be suffering from PCOS, take this self-test at http://pcos.insulitelabs.com/PCOS-Self-Test.php.

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