PCOS

  • Does being overweight affect my fertility?

    If you have been trying to conceive for a little while, it’s very likely that you’ve either read or been told that being overweight makes falling pregnant more difficult. However, then you walk down the street and what do you see? You see a woman who looks as though she has a problem with her weight, pushing a pram. Your first thought is ‘This isn’t fair’’ and then probably something like ‘’Why can she get pregnant when she’s overweight and I can’t? Your feelings of frustration deepen and your sadness grows.

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    You may have experienced the upsetting scenario when your doctor says that he can’t help you and that you need to ‘’Go away and lose weight and come back when you’ve got your BMI down to 30/35’’. You leave the hospital feeling disappointed and unsupported. No one likes to be told they are overweight. Least of all women and even less so a woman who is trying to conceive

    I’ve heard these stories from my patients over and over again. Trust me, if you’ve been in one of those scenarios, you are far from alone.

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  • Does PCOS cause depression?

    girl-863686_1280Depression and anxiety are commonly reported in women with PCOS. In our PCOS online support group many women talk about their mood disturbances and ask ‘Does PCOS cause depression?’. It’s a good question. Does the clinical condition of PCOS cause depression or is depression a direct consequence of reduced quality of life due to low confidence and self esteem? Which comes first?

     

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  • What is PCOS and what can you do about it?

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be divided into two distinct groups: Polycystic Ovaries (PCO) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
     

    What is PCO?

     
    Women diagnosed with PCO will have many cysts on their ovaries. However, they will not have the severity of cysts or the hormonal imbalance and symptoms seen in women with PCOS. Therefore women with PCO are less likely to have problems conceiving than women diagnosed with PCOS.
     

    What is PCOS?

     
    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is unfortunately the cause of fertility problems in many women. This debilitating condition is often not diagnosed until a woman is unsuccessful in conceiving.PCOS is accompanied by a hormonal imbalance which makes it more difficult for eggs to mature adequately and be released at the time of ovulation. In many women with PCOS their condition is complicated further with insulin resistance.
     
    It is believed to effect 5-10% of women in both the UK and US. PCOS is a chronic condition where the ovaries develop many tiny cysts caused by egg follicles that have not been able to develop as they should. 
     
     

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  • PCOS - ten great ways to beat the symptoms and feel better

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    PCOS is your worst enemy, we get that. Fight back with ten great ways to beat the symptoms and feel better:
     
     

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  • PCOS and you - the fertility diet challenge

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Weight gain is one of the most common side effects of PCOS. It’s also one that affects your self esteem and compounds your difficulties in conceiving. However, the good news is that by paying attention to your diet, it is possible to lose the weight you’ve gained and feel better.
     
    Losing weight will also help to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease as well as boosting your overall health and well-being.
     
    However, diet alone can’t cure PCOS but it can help to alleviate the symptoms, and with ovulation monitoring or further support from your specialist, losing weight can significantly increase your chances of conceiving.
     
     

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  • Inositol and PCOS - your questions answered

    My name is Angela and I'm a Nutritional Therapist in the UK. Recently, I have been supporting Ovusense and the Facebook forums attached with this fabulous fertility monitor over the last few months via a chance meeting with Kate Davies, Fertility Nurse for Ovusense, at the Fertility Show in London last year.

    I have been really delighted be part of this team as nutrition and the world of supplements can be so confusing! As part of the PCOS Fertility Support UK Forum, and as a fertility nutritionist, I am happy to give advice on a supplement that I feel is suited to just about anyone who suffers from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and also tend to get such amazing results with almost no side effects. Continue reading

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