PCOS and Bariatric Surgery | How Weight Loss Surgery May Cure PCOS Infertility
Many women struggle with infertility, and one of the most common causes of infertility is known as “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”, or “PCOS.” PCOS is a hormonal disorder leading to acne, facial hair, irregular periods, small ovarian cysts, and increased risk for secondary health conditions, such as Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
It also is one of the leading causes of infertility among women between the ages of 18 and 44. Those that struggle with PCOS often find they are unable to ovulate, ultimately hurting their ability to become pregnant.
Quotes from former bariatric patients with PCOS
- Tricia: “I have pcos and endo and my gyn suggested the surgery. Almost 80 lbs down, and while I’ve been a slow loser its much easier to control the pcosand everything now. Helped more than you can imagine.”
- Laura: “I had Pcos (I however was not on a band prior to surgery..) had my sleeve done 9/25/15 and currently at 138-142 range… I have random periods now… so it still is somewhat a struggle and when I have a period I drop down closer to 138… my doctor told me the weigh loss would help my pcos (and ultimately help me to conceive… I waited until my annual exam and I had lost over 100 pounds to tell him about my surgery… I also went in there demanding answers that I never got as to why my weight loss… didn’t drastically change my pcos like he told me it would!) overall thou I feel so much better!”
- Ashley: “I have pcos. I was down a total of 150 lbs, but after the weightloss my period became regular and we are now pregnant!”
PCOS is considered to be mostly an inherited condition. Yet as many as 50% of women that struggle with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are also morbidly obese (BMI > 40). This has long indicated that obesity may be a contributing factor in the development of PCOS.
Although PCOS has no direct cure, studies have confirmed that significant weight loss tends to reduce the symptoms of PCOS. Perhaps most importantly to women hoping to conceive, studies have shown that significant weight loss may restore normal ovulation, and potentially reverse the infertility.
Modest weight loss was shown to have no effect on PCOS. But in 2011, scientists at the University of Iowa examined patients that were struggling with PCOS infertility and morbid obesity, and underwent weight loss surgery.
While the weight loss surgery did not cure PCOS, in did lessen the symptoms and restore normal ovulation, which in turn made each of the women in the study fertile and able to conceive. Substantial weight loss also reduces the risk of pregnancy complications, providing additional benefits beyond reversing infertility.
Choosing Bariatric Surgery for Fertility and Health
Fertility is complex, and weight loss surgery is not a guarantee that women with infertility from PCOS will become pregnant. Factors that contribute to fertility include:
Bariatric surgery is a tool to promote weight loss, and neither marketed for or approved for increasing fertility in women with PCOS. But the results of this research are promising, and similar studies have provided similar results, indicating that morbidly obese women with PCOS may find many of their symptoms resolve or diminish after bariatric surgery, including those related to ovulation and infertility.
Weight loss surgery is considered to be the most effective and long lasting medical treatment for obesity currently available, with procedures such as gastric sleeve seeing as much as 60% excess weight loss within 6 months. For those whose PCOS may be caused by obesity, it is possible that you will see a reduction of symptoms, and a subsequent increase in your fertility levels.
Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico
The surgeons at Mexico Bariatric Center in Tijuana are board certified bariatric surgeons with decades of experience and international recognition for their ability to perform weight loss surgery procedures. If you are interested in bariatric surgery, but have found that cost has long been a prohibiting factor, give us a call today at 855-768-7247
Mexico Bariatric Center has successfully performed weight loss surgery in Mexico for hundreds of men and women for less than it costs in the United States. If you struggle with PCOS, contact us today to find out if bariatric surgery is the right option.