Exercise improves fertility in women
The hormonal imbalance leads to change in periods, irregular periods, acne, weight gain and excessive hair on body.
“The findings confirm what we have long suspected – that exercise and a healthy diet can improve fertility in women who have PCOS”, says study co-author Dr. Richard S. Legro, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Many studies have also associated better lifestyle such as diet and exercise to increased chances of fertility.
In the lifestyle arm, women were prescribed a diet with caloric restrictions, instructed to include physical activity (typically brisk walking), and behavioral modification.
PCOS may not be cured, but it can be treated, including using birth control pills to minimize the production of androgens and regulate ovulation. “Making preconception lifestyle changes is beneficial, either alone or in combination with other pretreatment options”, he concludes. But exercise and weight loss may be here to help. Their ages range from 18 to 40.
But now a study has indicated that oral contraceptives may have no real impact on ameliorating fertility in women.
The combined arm combined lifestyle changes with oral contraceptives.The preconception intervention lasted for 16 weeks and was followed by medically induced ovulation combined with timed intercourse. In a new study conducted by the Endocrine Society, researchers have found the combination of healthy habits could improve ovulation in women with PCOS. The participants were all obese or overweight but were otherwise free of any other medical condition.
Of the 49 women assigned to the birth control intervention, five gave birth. Of the remaining 50 participants that went through both interventions, 12 gave birth. Overall, women who engaged in both lifestyle changes and courses of birth control were more likely to ovulate than women just given birth control.
On prime of this, researchers discovered that girls who had a mixture of interventions additionally had higher insulin sensitivity and decrease ranges of triglycerides than girls simply on contraception.
“The research indicates preconception weight loss and exercise improve women’s reproductive and metabolic health”, Dr. Legro said. The standard treatment usually comprises of a course of oral contraceptives which are given to boost the ovulation cycle which can have adverse side effects in deterring conception.
The U.K.-based Daily Mail recently featured the story of a woman with PCOS who struggled through IVF treatments, the loss of a one-month-old baby and a miscarriage before finally giving birth to a healthy baby.