Gynecologic Health

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Can you get pregnant if you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

Dr. Ruby Shrestha discusses whether you can get pregnant if you have polycystic ovary syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Can you get pregnant if you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

So for the infertile lady, what we do is there are ... You have to realize that these patients are not ovulating all the time, right? You are supposed to ovulate once a month, you know, eggs come out, and it's like the body is trying to get pregnant every month. But people with polycystic ovarian syndrome they're not ovulating all the time. So, that's the problem. That's where the infertile lady come in. However, you have to realize they do ovulate every once in a while, so they do need actually protection with birth control if they do not want to get pregnant. However, if they're trying and not getting pregnant, then yes, there are some ovulation induction agents we can use to help them get pregnant.


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, according to the Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon (OWH).

Though it might be harder to get pregnant if you have PCOS, it is still possible to get pregnant when you ovulate, either spontaneously or with the help of medication.

For more information about getting pregnant when you have PCOS, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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