Previously diagnosed medical conditions relating to the reproductive system can be an understandable cause for concern when it comes to fertility treatment. Questions such as, “Will the treatment still be effective?” or “could this possibly result in a risky pregnancy?” are viable questions you must talk to your specialist about so that you can evaluate your situation together.
As the top clinic providing consultation for IVF in Davao City, we ensure that patients are well-informed and well-assured before they go into treatment. Here is an overview of some concerns female patients may have regarding medical conditions that affect fertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a medical condition that affects a woman’s hormonal levels due to the ovaries containing many cystic follicles. It typically results in chronic anovulation (or lack of ovulation) and overproduction of androgens (male hormones). According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, it is known to affect about 5-10% of women.
Common symptoms of the condition include: irregular or altogether missed periods, unexplained difficulties with weight, increased hair growth (or hirsutism), and acne.
It is, however, important to note that the condition manifests itself differently with each different body. Physical examination, a blood test, and/or a sonogram could be called for to better evaluate the physical state of a woman’s ovaries as well as to check the hormonal levels in her blood.
PCOS and Fertility
This may pose a concern for women who want to have children, as the condition means there are irregularities with their ovulation—which is key in successfully getting pregnant. Patients who are suffering or suspect themselves to be suffering from the condition will be relieved to know that PCOS does not affect the quality of one’s eggs and that the lack in regular ovulation can be treated with ovulation-inducing medicine.
Endometriosis is a more complicated condition wherein uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, causing the woman physical pain and physical disruption to the reproductive anatomy as well as fluctuations in the immune system and hormones. It has been found that up to 30% to 50% of women who’ve had trouble getting pregnant actually have the condition.
A commonly observed symptom of the condition includes pelvic or abdominal pain during menstruation or intercourse, although some women do not feel any pain at all. This pain is due to the tissue’s growing and inhibiting of the organs’ natural state, this could include scarring the woman’s fallopian tubes or causing an inflamed pelvic structure.
Endometriosis and Fertility
Damaged or blocked organs mean that eggs may not be able to travel and become available for fertilization, and egg quality may even get affected. For severe stage endometriosis, blocked or damaged organs may require surgery to remove the excess tissue and restore the organs to their natural function or the reproductive anatomy to its normal state.
Fortunately, for patients who fear that the aforementioned medical conditions may be affecting them and their ability to have children, there are many treatments that can be done, not only to remedy the condition but to help improve their chances of being able to conceive as well.
In vitro fertilization is a viable option for those struggling with infertility due to said conditions, and better yet, it is now more accessible than ever. If you’re looking to consult with specialists offering IVF services in Davao, IVF Davao Inc. is always ready to assist you and help you explore your fertility options.