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Tips to get Pregnant with PCOS

Getting pregnant with PCOS is a challenge, and if you’ve been diagnosed with the condition it’s easy to feel downcast and depressed. Fortunately there are lots of things you can do to help improve your chances of conceiving successfully – and many of the most effective tactics are the most straightforward.

Insulin Control

The driving force, the engine of the other symptoms is your body producing too much insulin. This overproduction drives your body, both directly and indirectly to manufacture too much oestrogen and testosterone, and the resulting hormonal confusion throws up all the symptoms that make up the syndrome, including delayed, unpredictable or even cancelled ovulation.

If you can bring your insulin levels under more control you can reduce the impact of these symptoms, and help your body ovulate more frequently – and more predictably, helping you plan a schedule to ensure you’re trying to conceive at the best possible time for your fertility.

Eating a low GI diet, and supporting your diet with a supplement of Inositol (a natural substance that your body uses to help manage its insulin levels) can help to reduce the runaway insulin production in your body and return your menstrual cycle to a more normal pattern.

Tracking Ovulation

If you are able to stimulate your body to ovulate more frequently, then you also need to make sure you’re tracking when you ovulate so you can ensure you’re trying to conceive during your fertile window.

The most common ways to track your ovulation don’t work well if you have PCOS. Ovulation predictor kits are widely available, and no more complicated to use than a pregnancy test, but they rely on testing the hormone levels in your urine. Because PCOS disrupts your hormones, this method of picking up on ovulation becomes unreliable.

Tracking your Basal Body Temperature can give you a more accurate read. Your BBT is the low level your core temperature drops to when you’re resting for extended period and your metabolism drops to its minimum level.

This low, basal temperature changes day to day in minute ways – often only by a tenth of a degree. One of the things that affects it is your menstrual cycle, and if you know the right pattern to watch for, you use it to predict when you’re going to ovulate.

It can be an onerous task. Tracking your BBT requires you to take your temperature first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up – before your metabolism begins to speed up and that low temperature is swamped. OvuSense can make it easier. Our sensor takes your temperature right through the night to ensure it really is your lowest BBT reading, and then connects with our app to process that data into a prediction of your next fertile window, giving you a boost in your chances to get pregnant!