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Trying to Conceive With PCOS

Trying to conceive when you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS is a challenge. It’s a condition that has a dramatic impact on your reproductive health, and can seriously affect your fertility. That doesn’t mean pregnancy is impossible, but to give yourself a better chance you have to understand how this condition works, how it affects your body and what drives it. With this insight you can take a twofold approach as you try to conceive: firstly, trying to reduce the symptoms to improve your fertility, and secondly, ensuring your attempts to conceive are targeted at the right times to take advantage of your peak fertility in that cycle.

What Causes PCOS

Insulin is the hormone your body uses to control your blood sugar – ensuring that it can be used to power your cells when needed, or if there is an excess, laid down in fat cells until it’s needed. It’s insulin that causes hunger pangs, as it signals to your brain that you need a blood sugar top up.

While doctors don’t know what might trigger it, in some women, production of insulin gets out of control. Too much insulin in your system causes you to gain weight, and it causes your body to become more resistant to the effects of insulin. This means insulin production goes up, stimulating more weight gain, and in turn more insulin. The abundance of insulin causes your body to create more androgen, which is normally thought of as a male sex hormone. Oestrogen, meanwhile, is created in fat cells, so your body also produces more of this hormone.

With more the usual amount of these three hormones in your system, your body experiences a lot of different symptoms, from unwanted hair growth (hirsutism) to patches of discoloured skin, depression and anxiety and disrupted ovulation and menstrual cycles.

Fighting Back

One of the best ways to improve your chances of conceiving with PCOS is to fight back against that primary engine of the condition – runaway insulin production.

Eating a low GI diet, with plenty of protein, green vegetables and whole grains can help you to lose some of the weight PCOS makes your body gain. It can also stabilise your blood sugar levels, and both of these effects help to bring your insulin production under control. You may also find taking an inositol supplement helpful: this is a substance found in some foods that helps your body use insulin effectively.

Timing

If you reduce the level of insulin your body produces, all the symptoms of PCOS will lessen in impact, including unpredictable or absent ovulation.

To improve your chances of conceiving still further, you need to identify that ovulation when it happens. Using OvuSense gives you a reliable prediction that isn’t distorted by the hormonal disturbances of PCOS, helping you target your fertile window – the days when you’re at your most fertile in each menstrual cycle.

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