PCOS and Infertility Information

Here are some resources with information on my condition - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCOSupport The national association that provides support for people with PCOS and their families.

SoulCysters An online community for women who have this condition.


Here is some more information about Infertility:

From the Mayo Clinic:

For some couples attempting pregnancy, something goes wrong in the complex process, resulting in infertility. The cause or causes of infertility can involve one or both partners:
  • In about 20 percent of cases, infertility is due to a cause involving only the male partner.
  • In about 30 to 40 percent of cases, infertility is due to causes involving both the male and female.
  • In the remaining 40 to 50 percent of cases, infertility is due entirely to a cause involving the female

Fertility drugs and the risk of multiple pregnancies

Injectable fertility drugs increase the chance of multiple births. Oral fertility drugs such as Clomid increase the chance of multiple births but at a much lower rate. The use of these drugs requires careful monitoring using blood tests, hormone tests and ultrasound measurement of ovarian follicle size. Generally, the greater the number of fetuses, the higher the risk of premature labor. Babies born prematurely are at increased risk of health and developmental problems. These risks are greater for triplets than for twins or single pregnancies.

In vitro fertilization (IVF). This is the most effective ART technique. IVF involves retrieving mature eggs from a woman, fertilizing them with a man's sperm in a dish in a laboratory and implanting the embryos in the uterus three to five days after fertilization. IVF often is recommended when both fallopian tubes are blocked. It's also widely used for a number of other conditions, such as endometriosis, unexplained infertility, cervical factor infertility, male factor infertility and ovulation disorders. IVF increases your chances of having more than one baby at a time because multiple fertilized eggs are often implanted into your uterus so that there is a greater chance one will develop into a baby. IVF also requires frequent blood tests and daily hormone injections.

Infertility Links:

The National Infertility Association website: RESOLVE

American Pregnancy Association: Infertility Information