Conceiving With PCOS? These Pictures Pretty Much Say It All
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is one of the most common female reproductive disorders that there is, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with for the thousands of women that it affects. It is estimated that PCOS affects anywhere between 5 and 10 percent of the entire female population. That is one in ten women of childbearing age.
PCOS is a condition in which the body produces too many male hormones (androgens), and it can make conceiving very hard for a woman. However, there are a few tips for getting pregnant while dealing with PCOS, and today we’re going to talk about those.
It might seem harsh, but the facts are that most women with PCOS are overweight to some degree. Experts say that losing even 5 pounds can go a long way towards improving fertility in women with PCOS. When you lose weight, it can help get your body back on track and can improve your ovulatory and menstrual cycles.
Losing weight is also a huge help to lower your chances of developing gestational diabetes once you do become pregnant. It is very hard for women to get pregnant when they are both overweight and underweight, so it is important to maintain a healthy weight. It can be hard for women with PCOS to stay at a healthy weight, since they often gain weight easily. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is a great way to lose weight if you have PCOS.
Since women with PCOS don’t always ovulate properly, it is not uncommon for medication to be required to get their bodies back on track. One of the most common medications that doctors prescribe to bring on ovulation is Clomid. Many women find that Clomid is a great choice for jumpstarting ovulation when you might otherwise have trouble.
For women with PCOS, another option is a medication called Metformin. Metformin is usually used for patients with diabetes who have a hard time regulating their insulin levels. Since women with PCOS also have a hard time regulating their insulin levels, Metformin can help them as well.
These are the most common medications for women with PCOS, although your doctor might prescribe something different depending on your particular case. Finding the right medication is an important part of conceiving when PCOS is a part of the equation.
Women who have PCOS must see a fertility specialist for the best advice on how to get pregnant. Getting pregnant with PCOS can often be very hard and very stressful, so seeing a fertility specialist before getting started is a huge step in the right direction to get an idea of where to start.
Family histories and physicals will need to be completed on both partners , and a fertility specialist can help to develop an individualized plan for each couple. Some couples might need lifestyle changes like weight loss and dietary changes, and some couples might need mediation like Metformin or Clomid. Some couples might require fertility treatments like IVF to get pregnant, but there is no way to know for sure unless you see a doctor and get a doctor’s advice.
Keeping records of what goes on in your body is a very important step for women with PCOS who are trying to conceive. Keeping track of menstrual periods, as well as ovulation cycles (if they occur) can give women a better idea of what is going on in her body, and can also be helpful to doctors who are trying to help the couple as well.
Women with PCOS who are trying to conceive will quickly learn to be detailed record keepers. Once a woman learns to track her ovulation and menstrual cycle, it will be easy for her to figure out the best times to try to get pregnant. It will also be easy for her to see if her fertility is improving, or if she is still having problems. Record keeping is an important part of your fertility journey when you have PCOS.
It may seem hard to be positive during challenging times in our lives, such as trying to conceive, but staying positive will go a long way towards conception success. The truth of the matter is that it just does take longer for women with PCOS to conceive. There is no way around that, and you just have to think positive.
Some experts estimate that as many as 80 percent of women with PCOS will eventually get pregnant on their own, but it is just a waiting game. Try to find support groups, whether they be online or in person, to connect with other women who are going through similar situations.
You can also hear success stories from women who were once in your situation, and that can really be a great thing. Keep your head up if you are trying to conceive with PCOS, and know that it is entirely possible!
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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