Mohammad Jamal, MD: PCOS-Related Infertility in Obese Women May Be Reversed By Bariatric Surgery
According to an article published in Endocrinetoday, Bariatric surgery successfully helped 100% of women who were diagnosed with Infertility due to Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), to achieve pregnancy.
Dr. Mohammad Jamal, MD, FACS, study researcher and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa city said that the new surgical option is now available for women who suffer from morbid obesity and who are infertile secondary to PCOS. Dr. Jamal added that according to different studies a number of diseases and conditions can be treated by bariatric surgery, and infertility is now going to be one of them.
As part of the study, medical records of 566 morbidly obese women who had gastric bypass surgery during a 9 year period were reviewed.
Out of them, 31 patients who were between 22 to 42 years of age suffered from PCOS before surgery.
Six of the twenty women who were contacted by telephone after the surgery wanted to get pregnant.
The study showed that each of the six women who suffered from PCOS for the mean duration of 8.6 years, conceived within 3 years after getting the gastric bypass surgery done.
Bariatric surgery can be linked with so many other benefits, according to the data. For example, after a mean time of 8 months post surgery, menstrual cycles got normal in 82% of women, and hirsutism symptoms were resolved in 29% of women.
77.8% of women who were suffering from type-2 diabetes experienced complete remission of the disease. Also the average excess weight loss for the women who had an initial BMI of 52, nearly reached 60%, which was an additional bonus for pregnant women.
Another important consideration to lower the risk of pregnancy related complications is significant amount of weight loss. Dr. Jamal also added during the press release that this was a small study which had big results, and more investigation should be done regarding this study and its results. Also this fact should be discussed with women who suffer from morbid obesity, and have trouble in pregnancy.