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Getting Pregnant With Polycystic Ovaries

If you’re diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, it can feel like you’re being told you will never have children. PCOS is a hormone driven condition that causes a long list of symptoms including weight gain, skin discolouration, hirsutism (and hair loss), acne breakouts and increased instances of depression and anxiety.

The most dramatic effect the condition has is on your fertility and reproductive health. The excess androgen in your system causes your ovaries to be slow in maturing eggs for ovulation – this means the eggs remain in your ovaries in fluid filled sacs called follicles. These are the ‘many cysts’ that give the syndrome its name, which means that you ovulate less frequently and less regularly, giving you fewer opportunities to get pregnant.

The most important thing to focus on is that this doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to get pregnant if you have polycystic ovaries: it’s harder, but still possible. You just need to know how to address the symptoms to improve your chances.

Preparation

First of all, you have to prepare. There are plenty of things you can do to lessen the impact of PCOS and help your body ovulate more frequently, from changing your diet to looking into special supplements.

One of the most important things you can do is try to lose some of the weight that PCOS causes your body to gain. This weight gain intensifies the symptoms of the syndrome, but if you can reverse it, you can reduce the grip the underlying causes of the condition have on your body. As well as being good for your health in general, reducing your weight can cause your body to restart regular and frequent spontaneous ovulation!

One of the things that can help with this is changing how you eat breakfast. Eating more calories at the beginning of the day, with a smaller lunch and dinner can help you to lose weight, but studies have shown there’s an even more impressive effect. Women with PCOS who follow this pattern also ovulate up to 30% more often than those who don’t.

Timing

When you’ve put the work in to ensure your body is ovulating more frequently, you still need to make sure you know when you ovulate in order to target your fertile window: the days around ovulation when sperm can reach and fertilise the newly released egg.

OvuSense uses a complete solution: it tracks your basal body temperature, which provides an accurate prediction of when you’re going to ovulate even with the background hormonal disruption of PCOS and doesn’t just provide readings. It also processes your temperature, taken each night, into a prediction of your next span of fertile days, to give you your best chance of getting pregnant with polycystic ovaries.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS