Can you get Pregnant Naturally with PCOS

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1. What Is PCOS? 

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is one of the most common female reproductive disorders that exists today. Experts estimate that PCOS affects up to ten percent of women of childbearing age. In women with PCOS, cells stop recognizing insulin levels and begin to produce too much. When this happens, more androgens, or male hormones, are produced.

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When there are more androgens than estrogens in the body, ovulation is affected and pregnancy can be difficult. However, that doesn’t mean that getting pregnant naturally with PCOS can not occur. Many women are able to overcome the issues that their PCOS causes and are able to get pregnant on their own without the help of fertility drugs or treatments. Read on for some tips on how to get pregnant naturally with PCOS.

2. Weighty Issues

If you are overweight, know that that is a very normal side effect of PCOS. However, being overweight can really affect your chances of conceiving as well. If you want to conceive naturally with PCOS, one of the very best things that you can do is to get your weight at an optimal level.

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Experts say that by losing as little as five to ten pounds, women can sometimes get their hormones back in order and give themselves enough of a fertility boost to get pregnant. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise is the best way to lose weight and get healthy.

3. Do Your Part

If you want to get pregnant naturally with PCOS, keep in mind that it is not going to be an easy road. There are many things that you will need to do on your own without the help of your doctor, to maximize your chances of getting pregnant. Losing weight, changing your diet, and exercising is only the first step.

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You also need to be able to know when and if you are ovulating properly. An ovulation predictor kit or basal body thermometer can help you to chart your ovulation and plan sex accordingly. Also, if you have any bad habits like smoking, drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs, those should also be stopped before you begin trying to conceive. You can start taking a prenatal vitamin or an over the counter fertility blend as well in order to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.

4. Be Patient

As mentioned before, getting pregnant when you have PCOS is not always an easy task, especially if you want to do so naturally. Keep in mind that there are several medications out there that can help women with PCOS, including Metformin, which is a diabetes drug that has shown to help with insulin resistance in women.

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Also, Clomid, the most popular fertility drug on the market today, is extremely effective in stimulating ovulation in the women who take it. So, if you see that getting pregnant naturally with PCOS is not working for you, you might want to talk to your doctor about trying one of these medications. Getting pregnant with PCOS does take work, but it is definitely worth it.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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