Is Getting Pregnant with PCOS Difficult?
When it comes to female reproductive problems, PCOS is one of the most common ones out there. PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and it is a health problem that affects between 1 in 10 and 1 In 20 women of childbearing age. As many as 5 million women in the USA alone might suffer from PCOs, and the disorder can start affecting girls as young as 11 years old. PCOS affects many different body processes, including a woman’s menstrual cycle, ovulation, hormones, heat, appearance, etc. It is a wide ranging disease that can affect a woman in many different ways.
Many times, when a woman has PCOS, she doesn’t even know it until she tries to conceive and is unable to. The symptoms of PCOS can be incredibly mild or incredibly severe, although they are usually somewhere in between. Infertility is the most common symptom of PCOS, along with things like irregular or absent periods, increased hair growth on the body, ovarian cysts, acne, male pattern baldness, weight gain or obesity, oily skin, dandruff, skin tags, anxiety, depression and pelvic pain.
One of the best things that women with PCOS can do to control their symptoms and increase their chances of getting pregnant are lifestyle modifications. Women who are overweight are also more likely to suffer from PCOS and have a hard time getting pregnant. Keeping your weight under control via healthy diet and exercise can be a great way to manage and handle PCOS symptoms.
In some women, birth control pills can help control symptoms, but these are not a good option for women who are wanting to get pregnant. Some doctors also recommend the use of a diabetes medication called Metformin to help with PCOS symptoms. Metformin can help women to control their blood sugar and glucose levels and reduce PCOS symptoms.
Getting pregnant with PCOS is sometimes a bit difficult, but it is by no means impossible. Women who want to get pregnant with PCOS should first of all make sure of whether or not they are ovulating. Getting an ovulation predictor kit can help with this, or learning to chart and track your basal body temperature and cervical mucus can also help.
Eating right and exercising can help increase your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS. Making sure to avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol are also good ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS. Make sure to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor so that you can have the best chance of getting pregnant with PCOS.
Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.
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