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PCOS and Your Fertility

It’s well known that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects your fertility. If you’re diagnosed with it, it becomes important to understand exactly how PCOS and your fertility are linked; how the syndrome operates and what you can do to manage its effects to improve your chances of getting pregnant when you want to.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (almost known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Polycystic Ovary Disease) is an endocrine condition, which means it is caused by and makes itself known through your hormones. This is why it has such a long of symptoms and is so deeply felt: your hormones are used to control almost every process in your body, so anything that affects you hormones can also affect almost everything else.

The symptoms of PCOS include unwanted hair growth (hirsutism), unwanted hair loss (alopecia), oily skin, acne outbreaks, disrupted menstrual cycles and resulting problems getting pregnant. Women with PCOS also report higher instances of depression, anxiety and low mood than average. It’s not currently known if PCOS is a direct biological cause of the associated mental health issues, or if they are a psychological result of living with the other symptoms.

How PCOS Affects Your Fertility

We don’t currently know what causes PCOS or why it should affect some women and not others, but it starts when your body begins to produce too much insulin. This leads to elevated levels of oestrogen and testosterone (the male sex hormone) and this in turn causes problems with your menstrual cycle. It delays the development of eggs in the ovaries, meaning you don’t know when ovulation happens or if it will at all.

An Irregular Cycle

When your cycle is irregular you don’t know when you will ovulate. Predicting ovulation is key to a plan to get pregnant, as the days in each cycle when you are fertile are anchored by ovulation: they are the five days before and the day after (the average lifespan of sperm plus the average lifespan of the egg). You can boost your chances of pregnancy by identifying this fertile window, and concentrating your attempts to conceive on it. When your cycle is irregular it’s harder to do this.

Compensating for PCOS

You can compensate for the disadvantages of PCOS and raise your chances of getting pregnant closer to the average. OvuSense can help here: our system can accurately predict when you’re going ovulate even when your hormones are being disturbed by PCOS and help you plan to take advantage of your full fertile window each time, to boost your chances of getting pregnant!

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