Monday, August 13, 2012

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Its Surgical Treatments

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disorder affecting several systems of your body. Aside from infertility and irregular menstrual periods, your risks for diabetes and heart disorders are also increased. Several non-invasive treatments were suggested to control the symptoms of PCOS. These include lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise, which is the most practical), in vitro fertilization and fertility medicines. More often, doctors will recommend you to take fertility medicines if you wish to get pregnant. If the prescribed medicines have not been effective, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment as an option.

Surgical treatments are invasive procedures that are performed to diagnose and treat any medical condition that did not respond to all sorts of medications. Surgical treatment for PCOS is only suggested by your doctor once other treatment options were ineffective. Two known surgical options for PCOS include ovarian wedge resection and laparoscopic ovarian drilling.

During an ovarian wedge resection, a part of your ovary will be surgically removed. This is performed to regulate menstrual cycles and begin regular ovulation. However, the procedure is seldom done nowadays as there is a risk at injuring and scarring the ovary. Laparoscopic ovarian drilling, on the other hand, activates ovulation in women who have not succeeded in fertility drugs and weight loss remedies. It is done by tearing down parts of your ovaries using a laser or electrocautery. Studies show that women in their younger age and with normal body mass index (BMI) benefit more from ovarian drilling.

Surgical treatments also have risks. These risks include but are not limited to anesthesia, infections, lower abdominal pain, scarred reproductive organs and bleeding. Scarred tissue can cause you more infertility problems and body tenderness. On the brighter side, surgery decreases your risk of having multiple births as compared to fertility medicines. However, the question of how long it will be effective is still unknown.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome has no cure. Hence, removing portions of your ovaries will certainly not cure your condition as your ovaries are associated with your androgen production. Surgery may help lessen your androgen production which can lead to the reduction of symptoms. PCOS is not just a dysfunction in your ovary. It affects your hormonal systems and different body organs.

There are many things you should ask and consider before having a surgery. Discuss it with your doctor. Ask about the risks and benefits of having a surgery. You might also consider getting a second opinion before you opt for surgery.

Puneet Aggarwal is a famous herbalist promoting Ayurvedic Medicine as an alternative remedy to many diseases. He recommends Kanchnar Guggulu as an effective treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

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