Do you know why it’s hard for a PCOS patient to conceive? A follicular study scan can be highly beneficial for a PCOD women to get pregnant.
A common question among most of our patients is – How would a PCOS person conceive? Everybody knows a healthy and regular menstruation cycle is mandatory in getting pregnant, which is a significant drawback for PCOD patients.
This is why we recommend a PCOS patient get a follicular study scan done.
Watch this video where Dr. Deepthi explains the benefit of a Follicular Study scan in a patient with PCOD.
What is PCOS?
Before going into our topic’s details, let’s have a quick sneak peek of PCOD and its most common effects.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disease (PCOS/PCOD) is a medical condition in which a woman is affected by hormonal imbalance disturbing their reproductive cycles. This imbalance causes them to skip their menstrual periods and makes it harder to get pregnant.
Symptoms of PCOS,
- Irregular menstruation cycle
- Skipped or absence of menstruation
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Short and light menstruation
- Weight gain
- Dark patches of skin
- Unwanted hair growth
Follicular Study: Overview
In general, there are multiple small follicles present in a woman’s ovary during the early days of her menstrual cycle. Out of these, only one follicle will grow every day in size (1 or 2mm) and is called a Dominant Follicle. This dominant follicle will be capable of releasing a healthy egg that supports your pregnancy.
A follicular study is done to track the growth of this follicle, and the same would be logged in your follicular report . The doctor will give you an hCG trigger shot when the dominant follicle is about 20mm in size. The hCG helps the follicle rupture and release an egg into your uterus, and this is the ideal time to have intercourse with your partner.
What happens in a follicular Study when you have PCOS?
In a PCOS patient, there is no one follicle to grow in size.
Your doctor needs to give medicines or injections to help with this growth by studying your follicles. This is why a person with PCOS should undergo a follicular study scan.
In contrast to ordinary women, PCOD patients are given these medications or injections during the early stages of their menstrual cycle, and a follicular study is performed to observe the growth of a dominant follicle.
Advantages of a follicular study in a PCOS patient:
There are two main advantages for a PCOD person undergoing a follicular study scan.
- The injection allows the appearance of a dominant follicle which releases a quality egg to be fertilized.
- The menstrual cycle gets regularized because ovulation happens.
We have briefed the procedure that helps a PCOD patient to get pregnant. If you have PCOD and find it challenging to conceive, talk with your doctor and get a follicular study scan done.