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PCOS Natural Treatments

When you have PCOS, you’ll want to take a look at anything that promises to help relieve those symptoms, especially the ones affecting your fertility. With drugs and medical fertility treatments potentially being quite invasive and disruptive, and coming with side effects that can be as dramatic as the symptoms of PCOS themselves, it’s very tempting to look at natural treatments. Some of them are more helpful than others, so it’s important to look at each one critically and make sure it’s right for you.

We’re looking at some of the natural treatments that are available to help you make an informed decision.

The ‘Fertility Diet’

Some of the most common bits of advice you’ll be given will be about changing your diet, and this can be very effective. Your body needs the right raw materials to create the ideal circumstances for you to conceive, from the proteins needed to make a thick endometrial lining, to the vitamins, minerals and neurotransmitters that make sure you’re making the right amount of the right hormones and they’re being released in regular amounts at the right time.

This can be a very important part of your plans for combatting Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. As the condition is caused by an imbalance of hormones, anything that helps to right that balance is a good tool to use.

As a rough guide, eating more green vegetables and fresh fruits can help, as they contain higher concentrations of the nutrients you need, but it’s important to look at each diet and make sure it really addresses what you need.

Inositol

Rather than a big change of diet, you can instead look into supplements to top up some of the key missing ingredients your body needs to get pregnant. One of the most important of these for anyone with PCOS is Inositol – a collective name for two of the B-complex vitamins that govern how the body uses insulin. As overproduction of insulin is the root cause for the rest of the symptoms of PCOS, helping your body manage it can alleviate all the other effects of the condition.

There haven’t been any big studies on the effects of Inositol, so there isn’t an official NHS verdict on its effectiveness, but small scale studies show it can help women to ovulate spontaneously (ie. without drugs) and to a more regular schedule. As a natural supplement, side effects are limited to a small number of people taking Inositol at high dosages, and consist largely of headaches and nausea.

Tracking Ovulation

If you’re trying to get pregnant with PCOS then one thing you really need to be doing is making sure you know when you’re ovulating. Even if other natural remedies can help you to ovulate more, it doesn’t do you any good unless you know when it is, in order to take advantage of it.

OvuSense uses one of the best predictors of ovulation: Basal Body Temperature. Your average body temperature at rest changes minutely before and after you ovulate, so measuring your core temperature through the night allows us to give you a 24 hour prediction of when you’re due to ovulate to give you the best chance of getting pregnant.