Doctors at the annual American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting last week revealed a promising study that links weight-loss surgery and infertility reversal.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the leading causes of infertility among pre-menopausal women, as the condition causes small cysts to form on the ovaries which ultimately affects egg production (source: BioNews). With the link between the "fat gene" and the occurrence of PCOS in overweight women found in previous studies, Dr. Mohammed Jamal and his co-authors were able to show further evidence that women infertile prior to undergoing gastric bypass surgery were able to conceive after losing excess weight. Dr. Jamal adds, "This study suggests that women with morbid obesity, who are infertile secondary to PCOS, may have a new surgical option. Many other studies have shown bariatric surgery can improve or resolve a multitude of diseases and conditions. It appears that infertility now joins that list (source: MSN).
While the study is in its early stages, these recent discoveries exhibit the ongoing research being done in the area of fertility and fertility treatment options. Providing fertility treatment patients with all of the options available in order to meet their personal medical needs only increases the chance for success in their care and gives medical professionals, like those at New Hope, the knowledge needed to treat patients in the most healthy way possible.
We'll continue to update on this study as more stories are published.