How to Get Pregnant with PCOS
If you have PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, know that you are not alone. PCOS is one of the most common female reproductive disorders that exists. Some doctors even estimate that PCOS affects around 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.
That is around ten percent of the female population. PCOS is a disorder that is characterized by insulin resistance. In women with PCOS, for some reason, the cells stop recognizing insulin, and begin to produce too much. When this happens, more androgens are produced.
Androgens are male hormones. When the male hormones are produced more than they should be, it affects the production of the female hormones, which in turn affects ovulation. Therefore, getting pregnant with PCOS can be very difficult. Here are a few steps to make it easier.
Step #1: Visit A Doctor.
Before you ever start trying to conceive, you should visit your doctor to discuss the situation with him or her. Your doctor will be able to take a look at your medical history and your charts and see if there is anything that stands out, or what your first course of action should be.
This is a very important step that should not be skipped over if you are trying to conceive with PCOS. This will give you a starting point and a place to begin your fertility journey.
Being healthy in all areas of your life will not just benefit you all around, but it will actually help to boost your fertility. First of all, make sure that you are at a healthy weight.
Being overweight or underweight can really wreak havoc on the systems of the body, and can make it harder to get pregnant. Doctors say losing as little as five pounds if you are overweight can really help to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Another thing that helps is eating a healthy diet. If you can cut out processed and junk foods, and eat a diet full of fruits, veggies, low fat dairy, lean meats and whole grains, you will be well on your way to a healthy life. Make sure to aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days as well.
Some women with PCOS are not good candidates for medication to help with their PCOS, but some women are. The most popular drugs of choice for PCOS are Clomid, which helps to jump start ovulation, and is a very popular and successful fertility drug, and Metformin.
Metformin is actually a drug used for diabetics to help with insulin resistance. Since women with PCOS also struggle with insulin resistance, Metformin can sometimes be used to help.
If you are interested in seeking medical treatment for your PCOS, your first stop should be your doctor to determine whether or not you are a good candidate.
PCOS is a disease that can wreak havoc on a woman’s reproductive system, and there is often no easy cure. The most important thing to remember if you want to get pregnant with PCOS is to keep trying and to be diligent.
Make sure you know your fertile days, and make sure you are having sex on those days. Make sure that you are eating right and exercising, getting enough sleep and trying to remain stress free.
Chart your ovulation cycles so there is no question about when your fertile days are, and keep plugging away. Consistency is key when it comes to 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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