Losing Weight can Help Fertility in PCOS Sufferers

As per a new study by Pennsylvania researchers, exercising and concentrating more on weight loss helps in increasing chances of fertility in obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women and may not be cured, but can be treated by living healthy lifestyle.

A research study was conducted on more than 149 overweight women having ages 18 to 40 years and suffering with PCOS for four months. Women were categorised in three groups as group A, group B and group C. Women in group A were given birth control pills to increase fertility rate, women in group B had changes in their lifestyle whereas women in group C had both lifestyle modification and birth control pills. Group B and group C women reduced their calorie intake, increased their physical activity and also followed weight-loss medication.

After four months, women were given medications to induce ovulation in about four cycles. By the end of the study, researchers found 10% increased fertility rate in group A women, 26% of women from group B delivered babies and 24% women became mothers from group C. Along with increased chances of fertility, women showed high sensitivity to insulin with reduced triglycerides levels.

Richard Legro, MD of the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., said the study could prove beneficial for women with PCOS and are taking oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) to increase fertility. “The birth control pills exacerbate metabolic abnormalities, but with a concurrent lifestyle modification plan the metabolic effects are ameliorated and you get the benefit of hormonal suppression and menstrual control”.
Source: NYC Today 09/27/2015 Author: Diane Hoffman