Weight loss, exercise improve fertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility.
A recent study examined the differences in pregnancy outcomes among 149 women with PCOS who either (1) took birth control pills, (2) underwent lifestyle modification or (3) a combination of the two interventions for a four-month period.
- Among the 49 women assigned to the birth control intervention, 5 gave birth.
- Of the 50 women in the lifestyle intervention group, 13 delivered babies.
- Twelve of the 50 women in the combination group gave birth.
Women who participated in the lifestyle modification intervention and took birth control pills were more likely to ovulate than women who were assigned to take birth control pills.