Madam Liew Chew Lee came to me in November 2009 initially for a totally different reason.
She often suffered from severe lower abdominal pain each time she had her period. At the same time, she also had a history of sub-fertility for the last couple of years.
I put her through a diagnostic laparoscopic almost immediately and discovered that she had polycystic ovaries or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
She was treated with a session of ovarian drilling and adhesiolysis during the laparascopy surgery.
Ovarian drilling uses a laser fibre or electrosurgical needle to puncture the ovary 4 to 10 times. This treatment lowers the male hormones dramatically within days. It is usually carried out in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome.
She recovered after her surgery and we started her on some hormonal therapy to treat her polycystic ovaries.
In January the following year, she conceived spontaneously after undergoing fertility treatment.
Despite her earlier problems, she had a smooth pregnancy, coming to me regularly for her antenatal and pregnancy check-ups. She finally delivered her baby boy in October of the same year.