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How is my future of having a baby with just my left ovary?

By August 13, 2008 - 1:43am
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How bad could things be?! I had a miscarriage last January 25 and it was 3 months then. The embryo didn't matured for some reason we don't know and it has to be taken out of me. So sad that after 5 months another hospitalization would occur. Last June 8 I was operated and my Dr. removed my right ovary due to corpus luteum cyst (whatever it is called). Then 6 weeks after I bleed so heavy that I change my pads 2 times an hour. I consulted my OBGyne for that and had my TV Ultrasound the following day. The result stated that my left ovary is polycystic and now I am taking a hormonal pill. I and my husband are afraid that our chance of having a baby will be lessen because of everything that happened. Please tell me everything I have to know about my condition and my chances of conceiving baby. Thanks!

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The ACOG site's patient page for PCOS: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp121.cfm has great information on PCOS (this is if you have been diagnosed with PCOS). I am unable to post their information, as they do not allow for reproduction of their material, including posting for online use.

I can summarize what the PCOS brochure says (again, assuming you have PCOS):
- PCOS can be treated, and treatment "depends on whether a woman wants to become pregnant."
- Exercising daily may help improve insulin use by body, and relieve symptoms of PCOS
- Medication is available for you, since you are interested in becoming pregnant, that can help you ovulate

The Mayo Clinic says:
"Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about one in 10 women in the United States and is the leading cause of infertility in women." (I had no idea it was so common!) This site also talks about the differenet types of drugs and studies conducted for achieving pregnancy with PCOS: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/DS00423/DSECT...

Hope this helps! What has your doctor said about your specific situation? (Do you have a doctor you trust?)

August 14, 2008 - 1:46pm

Until we hear from one of the experts, I wanted to send you a few resources, so you can begin researching to find out "everything you should know"! I'll help, too, but wanted to send you these great, credible, health websites ASAP...

It sound like you have two questions:
1. How likely is it that you are able to conceive a child with one ovary (as your right ovary was removed)?
2. How likely is it that you can conceive a child with a polycystic ovary (I assume this means you have been diagnosed with PCOS or PCOD by your doctor?) PCOS is polycystic ovarian syndrome and PCOD is polycystic ovarian disease. I believe (from my understanding, I am not a doctor) that these two terms are used interchangeably??

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):

The PCOS support network:

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM):

August 14, 2008 - 1:19pm

nikifritz, I'm sorry to hear about all of the issues you're having. We have forwarded your question to an expert. Hang in there. We'll have an answer for you in a few days.

August 13, 2008 - 11:25am
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