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Best Way to get Pregnant with PCOS

It’s well known that getting pregnant when you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a challenge. What is less widely understood is why this condition presents a challenge to your fertility, and what you can do about it. Too many people feel like a diagnosis of PCOS means their chances of a starting a family naturally are at an end.

Today OvuSense is taking a look at the problem: How much does PCOS affect your fertility? And how can you get pregnant when you’re affected?

The Effects of PCOS

If you’re going to find the best way to get pregnant with PCOS, you’re going to need to understand how the condition affects you so you can compensate for the very specific ways your body is impacted.

PCOS begins with an overproduction of insulin in your pancreas. This has a number of knock-on effects.

Firstly, it can lead to insulin resistance: with so much insulin in your system your body can become resistant to its affects. This leads to your body creating more and more insulin with less and less impact. This in turn leads to weight gain which causes your body to create more oestrogen, because this hormone is created in fat cells.

Meanwhile the additional insulin causes your body to also create more testosterone – the male sex hormone.

These three hormones cause, between them, all the effects of PCOS. Specifically, they cause eggs to mature slowly in the ovaries, and can interfere with the hormone messaging that tell your ovaries it’s time to ovulate. This causes ovulation to be late and unpredictable or even skipped altogether.

Getting Pregnant

There are two actions to take to help you get pregnant when you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: controlling your insulin levels, and identifying when you ovulate.

A low GI diet and an Inositol supplement can help your body reduce the amount of insulin it creates – over time this can have dramatic results. Because a high insulin level is the driver of every other aspect of PCOS, attacking this root cause can improve every symptom, which includes your frequency and regularity of ovulation.

Using OvuSense can also accurately track your ovulations and help you find the right time to conceive: our specialised sensor pairs with an app, so your Basal Body Temperature can be processed accurately into a prediction of when you will next be at your most fertile, even with PCOS interfering in the process.