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Conceiving with PCOS

Getting a diagnosis of PCOS can be, in many ways, a relief, as with any diagnosis. Whatever the outlook for the condition, it can feel good to put a name to the catalogue of symptoms you’ve been enduring. It forms a foundation on which you can stand strong, and look for treatment, or ways to manage the condition to make life better.

Getting a diagnosis of PCOS might actually make you feel worse. Unless your doctor has the time and expertise to explain to you in detail how it interacts with your fertility, you might have nothing but received wisdom to go on, and unfortunately, all most people know about PCOS is that it makes it hard to have children. Without expert insight, a PCOS diagnosis sounds like being told you’re infertile.

In fact, conceiving with PCOS is very possible: you just need to understand how the condition affects you and how you can work to counteract those effects.

Hormone Excesses

PCOS is driven by your body producing too much of three key hormones – oestrogen, androgen and insulin, with the excess insulin being root the cause of the overproduction of the other too.

It’s this insulin excess that’s the primary cause of all the other symptoms of the condition, including the problems it causes with your fertility, from irregular menstrual cycles to delayed or skipped ovulation. Moving onto a GI controlled diet can help to control your blood sugar levels, leading to a drop in insulin and, in turn, to those other two hormones.

Many women with PCOS have found that this step is enough to help them restart natural, spontaneous and regular ovulation.

The Fertile Window

You also need to make sure you know when you’re ovulating – and when you’re going to ovulate. If you have PCOS, you will ovulate less frequently than other people, and that translates into less opportunities to conceive. It makes the times when you do ovulate all the more important.

Tracking your Basal Body Temperature gives you a way to predict when you ovulate that isn’t affected by the hormonal disruption of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. OvuSense uses this method to provide an advance notification of when your fertile window will be that you can base your plans on, and ensure you’re trying to conceive at the best possible time to ensure you are at your peak fertility and have the best chance of success.

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