Published: 2021-11-24

Prospective observational study on prescribing pattern of infertility treatment options and their success rates in women with polycystic ovary syndrome at tertiary care teaching hospital

Rishitha Sanjana Abbagoni, Madhuri Mushan, Pooja Kosika, Prathyusha Vemula, Manognya Pattepura


Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome or in shortcut PCOS previously called as Stein-Leventhal syndrome is a primary and major cause of anovulatory infertility in women of child bearing ages. 3 in every 5 women with PCOS have trouble getting pregnant. Various therapeutic options are available in managing several PCOS symptoms and in increasing chances of pregnancy. The aim of the study was to observe the prescribing pattern of infertility treatment options and their individual success rates.

Methods: The study was conducted in out-patient department of obstetrics and gynaecology, tertiary care teaching hospital, Telangana, India. The study included women aged between 18-37 years who were seeking treatment for infertility due to PCOS. Patients were divided into two categories based on their age and treatment they received which was further grouped accordingly.

Results: The frequency of infertility was found to be significantly higher among PCOS women of age group between 23-27 when compared to other age groups. Among infertility treatment options, ovulation induction drugs were mostly prescribed and among supplements folic acid and myo-inositol were widely prescribed as supplements as well as an adjuvant. Patients who received treatment with ovulation inducing drugs showed high success rate.

Conclusions: Lifestyle modifications were chosen as primary therapeutic option. Ovulation induction drugs among infertility treatment options, folic acid and myo-inositol among supplements were the mostly prescribed medicines to treat or improve infertility in PCOS women. Ovulation inducing drugs showed high success rate.


PCOS, Stein-Leventhal syndrome, Infertility, Ovulation induction drugs, Supplements, Myo-inositol

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