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Conceiving with PCOS

It’s well worth making the effort to understand Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and how to conceive when you have it, whether you’re currently thinking of starting a family or not. PCOS, as it is often abbreviated, is one of the most significant challenges to fertility in the world today, with the NHS estimating that it could affect as many as one in five women in the UK.

Conceiving with PCOS is undoubtedly a challenge, but the more you understand the condition, the better you can take steps to counteract its effects and improve your chances. Except in the worst cases, PCOS doesn’t make it impossible for you to get pregnant, it just makes it harder. Fortunately, OvuSense can help you face this challenge, and improve your odds of getting pregnant.

Ovulating More

PCOS interferes with your menstrual cycle by causing you to produce too much oestrogen and testosterone, due to, in turn, an over production of insulin. This means that the eggs maturing in your ovaries mature slowly, and the hormonal signal that causes one to be ovulated can be delayed or even missed altogether.

This means you ovulate more rarely, and less regularly – your cycle becomes irregular, and hard to predict. This means it’s hard for you to tell when the best time to try to conceive will be: when your fertile window will be.

The first step is to try to stimulate your body to ovulate more. There is medication that can help your body produce more of the hormones that cause you to ovulate, or even surgical procedures like ovarian drilling. There are also simple steps you can take on your own – like moving to a low-GI diet and taking an inositol supplement, which can help to control your insulin levels and reduce the intensity of the symptoms!

Detecting When You Ovulate

If you ovulate more rarely and irregularly it becomes all the more important to find out when that’s going to happen. It’s an unfortunate irony that PCOS also makes it harder to track when you’re ovulating – the hormonal disturbance also clouds the results of Ovulation Predictor Kits, which are one of the most widely available tests.

OvuSense measures your progesterone levels, by monitoring your core temperature – small changes to your temperature can indicate how progesterone you are producing, which can be used as a direct indicator of when you’re ovulating. Our specialised sensor, partnered with our clinically tested algorithm and app get you predictions you can rely on to help boost your chances of conceiving with PCOS!