Polycystic Ovaries

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Will my cycles become more regular now that I've had a baby?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

A very old obstetrician mentor of mine once said that the polycystic ovary is a sign, not a disease. Whatever the reason for the failure to ovulate in a woman, increased levels of estrogen are present, which stimulates increased levels of testosterone and androgen (thus, the increased body hair).

A pregnancy would perhaps allow the levels of estrogen and the hyperactive LH secretion to settle down to normal levels until the cycle repeats itself. But when anovulation begins again, the same situation would present itself.

So, it seems reasonable to assume that the first ovulatory cycles after pregnancy would offer the best chance for you to achieve a pregnancy. It really depends upon the extent of the condition. As you did get pregnant before, it would seem to indicate that yours is not the worst type.

So, yes your cycles could get more regular with improved fertility, at least for a while.

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