Case study ( 2778 views as of August 21, 2018 )
Rebecca is a 33-year-old woman who has had difficulty achieving a pregnancy. She and her partner have been trying to get pregnant without use of any contraception for one year and have been unsuccessful. She was seen by her family physician and tests were ordered. Her testosterone levels were mildly elevated and it was suggested that she might have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She was referred to a fertility clinic.
The specialists ordered a few more hormonal tests and a pelvic ultrasound and confirmed the diagnosis of PCOS. Fertility options were discussed including medications (clomiphene) and other fertility treatment options.
Along with the fertility specialists' recommendations, Rebecca could also benefit from speaking with her pharmacist. It is important for Rebecca to utilize lifestyle options such as yoga, healthy exercise programs, and nutritional counseling to improve outcomes and activity levels and general well-being. All of these can improve her likelihood of conceiving.Author: Dr. Sabrina Gill