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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) (cont.)

Outlook

Hormonal therapies to induce a regular menstrual cycle and to help prevent the risk of endometrial cancer are usually successful, as are medications that reduce androgen actions.

The prognosis is variable among women with PCOS who undergo fertility treatments.

In women who are overweight or obese, ovulation can sometimes be achieved by moderate weight loss alone. Others may need medications or assisted reproductive technologies to try to conceive. Although the outlook for infertility treatments varies according to the woman's age and other medical conditions, studies show in general that about 80% of women with PCOS ovulate in response to oral clomiphene citrate (Clomid), and approximately 50% get pregnant. Assisted reproductive technologies can be successful for some women who do not conceive.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCES:

Ehrmann, DA. Polycystic ovary syndrome. N Engl J Med 2005; 352:1223.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine, "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome."


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014

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