A new study has revealed that physical activity increases fertility among women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The new medical treatment could be used as an alternative for this medical affection, if future studies confirm the new discovery.
Infertility is a common health disease problem that many women in the United States have to confront themselves with. According to the recent statistics published by the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention 6% of married women with ages between 15 and 44 years old have reported infertility issues even after one year of unprotected sexual relationships.
12% of U.S. women, in the age category of 15 and 44 years old, have experienced miscarriages or similar problems. Neither of this women could carry their pregnancies to the term, for various health or unrelated issues.
Scientists at the Penn State College of Medicine have decided to look deeper into this problem. They were particularly interested in the pregnancy problems that women experience as a result of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the possible cures they could use to treat them.
Lifestyle was often regarded as an important factor in the treatment of infertility issues. Consequently, medical experts have gathered 150 women, who have been diagnosed with this condition and divided into three study groups.
One group received only birth pills, another category went through a period of lifestyle reorganization, whereas the third group combined the two strategies for a period of four months. The respondents had ages between 18 and 40 years old and they had been previously diagnosed with obesity, according to scientists.
At the end of the experiment, only five women out of 49 in the birth pill group became pregnant and delivered children. The 50 women in the lifestyle intervention program delivered 13 babies, whereas only 12 female participants registered the same results in the third study group.
Based on this new evidence, the combination between lifestyle changes and birth control pills appears to be the most successful, scientists have concluded. This, because the women in this category have had many more ovulation periods than women in the first study group.
Scientists think many more women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) should try to lead a healthier lifestyle based on increased physical activity if they want to procreate more often. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is usually characterized by women’s production of unusual testosterone levels which leads to irregular menstruation periods and impossibility to ovulate.
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