PCOS & Ovarian Drilling

When other Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) treatments have failed to solve your fertility problems ovarian drilling may be the answer. PCOS is a fertility problem which occurs when the body produces too much insulin & testosterone. High levels of testosterone can cause irregular menstruation periods, prevent ovulation & hinder pregnancy as a result. By regulating hormone levels & improving ovulation & menstrual periods ovarian drilling can help women conceive.
Ovarian drilling is a simple minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure performed under general anesthesia. Typically performed as a day care procedure, ovarian drilling requires minimal time for recovery. Here is how the operation is performed.

  • The surgeon will make a small incision below the navel to conduct the operation.
  • A tube is then inserted into the abdomen which fills it up with carbon dioxide. This is meant to inflate the abdomen & prevent damage to other internal organs during the operation.
  • The laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen which allows the surgeon to view internal organs including ovaries. The surgeon will now insert special tools & use electric current to make tiny holes on ovaries with guidance from the camera.

Ovarian drilling is only advised for women whose fertility problems originate from PCOS. It is also indicated for women with PCOS who have failed to benefit from other fertility treatments. Women with PCOS ovaries have thick outer surface. This affects their ability to attain pregnancy. Ovarian drilling effectively breaks through the thick outer layer & destroys small portions in order to boost fertility. Testosterone production decreases & women ovulate more regularly following ovarian drilling. With regular periods your chances of pregnancy improve.