Polycystic ovaries contain an excessive number of antra (immature) follicles. An ultrasound during a woman’s reproductive years usually shows between 4-12 follicles in each ovary. When there are more than 12 follicles on one of both ovaries, the ovaries are considered polycystic.
(PCO is commonly confused with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Whilst the names are similar PCOS is a metabolic condition associated with unbalanced hormone levels but PCO is a normal variant of the ovaries. Some women will have both conditions.
PCO affects up to a third of women of reproductive age and may have no symptoms. Diagnosis may be a chance finding on ultrasound, which may show many follicles on one or each ovary.
Women with PCO may have no difficulty achieving pregnancy whereas women with PCOS may require assistance with ovulation induction or if no success then treatment via IVF.
Just because you have PCO, it does not mean that you have to proceed straight into IVF. There are options we provide directly via our rooms which involve medication and ultrasound monitoring.
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