Infertility/Fertility/Pregnancy 2nd time


Hi. I have a healthy 20mth old baby girl who we conceived on our 2nd attempt.

We have recently begun trying again.

I have mild pcos (no affect last time). I have ovary pain still. Could pcos get worse or any better after pregnancy?

After having our first child we only had sex 3-4 times in a 12mth period.

Could this have affected my husbands sperm motility etc?

Also, my weight - I am 79kg (pre first pregnancy weight of 68kg) and 164cm. Would this affect my chances of conception?


Hello Renee from Australia,

A basic requirement to have the diagnosis of PCOS is an ovarian dysfunction, meaning the ovary is not functioning correctly.  When the ovaries do not function correctly, it does not ovulate and therefore you have either irregular periods or skipped periods.  If you have regular menstrual cycles, then you, by definition, don't have PCOS.

PCOS does not change from pregnancy.  However, if you gain excess weight from the pregnancy and don't lose it after, this increased weight can propel some patients over the threshold where the ovaries begin to dysfunction, and therefore, develop PCOD.

Having infrequent sex does not affect a man's sperm parameters.

Weight by itself does not affect a person's ability to become pregnant, but as mentioned above, in some patients it can cause the onset of ovarian dysfunction that is inherent in PCOD.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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