Can a PCOS Diet Help You Get Pregnant?
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a very common, yet serious, condition that affects many women of childbearing age. Many women worry that they will never be able to get pregnant once they have been diagnosed with PCOS. That is not always true.
PCOS does, in fact, make it harder to get pregnant in some cases, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible. In fact, many women think that they have found a secret weapon when it comes to fighting PCOS infertility. That secret weapon is none other than a fertility diet designed specifically to combat PCOS.
There are many different variations of a PCOS diet that women turn to in order to help them combat their PCOS. The first thing to know about the PCOS diet is that in most cases, it focuses on weight loss.
This is because the majority of women who have PCOS are overweight. Experts agree that for these women, losing as few as five pounds can have a dramatic effect on fertility. Also, since women with PCOS have trouble regulating their body’s insulin, they should also limit carbs while on a PCOS fertility diet.
While you will find many variations of a PCOS diet depending on which book you read or which website you visit, most of the diets have at least a few things in common. First of all, most of them recommend that women get their carbohydrate intake from carbs made from whole grain, like whole wheat bread or pasta.
They also recommend that women do not eat carbs by themselves, but instead that they combine them with a protein or a fat. Another tip for following a PCOS diet is to choose foods that have a low glycemic index, because this will help slow the rise in blood sugar. Most experts also recommend spacing out carb intake throughout the day to help improve absorption of carbs and regulate insulin levels.
It is important that you remember that following a PCOS diet is not a quick fix for getting pregnant with PCOS. It is simply one small piece of the puzzle that might make things easier.
Eating a healthy diet is important, PCOS or no PCOS. However, one of the most important things you can do to improve your fertility with PCOS is to keep your weight under control.
That will do the most good for your fertility, and your health overall. PCOS is not a fertility “death sentence”, although it may certainly make conceiving more difficult. If you have PCOS and you are trying to conceive, the important thing is to never give up.
Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.
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