Exploring the IVF for PCOS option at our Manhattan fertility center
For patients struggling with infertility because of polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS, New York Fertility Services offers a variety of treatment options, including in-vitro fertilization, IVF. In our Manhattan fertility center, Dr. Batzofin has created a PCOS clinic that focuses on providing comprehensive individualized care for women struggling with PCOS. Dr. Batzofin will work with you to determine a customized plan, which may include IVF for PCOS to achieve a successful pregnancy.
Steps to take before considering IVF for PCOS
Caused by high levels of testosterone, PCOS interferes with ovulation and produces other symptoms such as weight gain, unusual hair growth, irregular cycles and cysts on the ovaries. PCOS affects fertility because patients often don’t have regular menstrual cycles. In women with PCOS, the follicles and eggs stop developing in the very early stages. Consequently, these women rarely reach ovulation, during which a mature egg is released from the ovary for possible fertilization.
Moving forward with PCOS treatment
Initially, Dr. Batzofin will work through our PCOS clinic to complete a thorough evaluation and produce a treatment program tailored to your specific needs. He may start by recommending weight loss to determine whether or not this regulates menstrual cycles. If this attempt does not work, Dr. Batzofin may suggest a medication like Clomid to induce ovulation. When Clomid alone fails, our Manhattan fertility center expert may add metformin, a diabetes medication that affects blood glucose (sugar) levels and lowers testosterone production.
This strategy may be combined with intrauterine insemination (IUI). Additionally, Dr. Batzofin may also try therapy with gonadotropins, which are similar to the hormones produced by the body to trigger ovulation.
Our Manhattan fertility center expert may recommend IVF for PCOS
After exhausting the less invasive fertility treatments, Dr. Batzofin will likely recommend a round of IVF. For this therapy, our IVF doctor will need to control your cycle because he must retrieve the eggs before they emerge from the follicles in the ovaries. We will monitor your progress through blood tests and sonograms.
At the appropriate time, Dr. Batzofin will retrieve the eggs during a brief outpatient procedure. In our IVF lab, your eggs will then be fertilized with sperm. Once the embryos develop, our Manhattan fertility center expert will transfer one or more back into your uterus with the hopes of implantation and pregnancy.
For women with PCOS, Dr. Batzofin may also discuss in vitro maturation (IVM), the process of retrieving immature eggs for collection and having them mature in our IVF lab. After the egg matures, we will fertilize it with your partner’s (or a donor’s) sperm. For women with PCOS, using IVM presents a much lower risk of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome because of the decreased hormonal stimulation; as well, the need for less medication can also reduce the IVF costs.
Dealing with infertility caused by PCOS can leave you feeling discouraged. Dr. Batzofin will partner with you so that you can accomplish your goals of parenthood. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with our Manhattan fertility center expert.