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Chances of Getting Pregnant With PCOS

There’s no getting around the difficult truth: if you’re living Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, you do have reduced chances to get pregnant. That dispiriting truth doesn’t mean you should give up hope though – it’s by no means the end of your pregnancy journey.

To look at ways forward, we need to understand the effects PCOS has on your body and on your fertility.

What Does PCOS Do?

PCOS is called a ‘syndrome’ because it’s not a single condition, with a unique, and well understood cause. It’s a collection of symptoms that regularly occur together. So PCOS is made up of various effects: an excess of androgen and insulin; hirsutism; weight gain; skin discolouration and of course the fertility effects. PCOS can cause you to ovulate late or not at all, and makes it harder to tell when you are ovulating, as the hormonal disruption that’s part of the syndrome makes the popular Ovulation Predictor Kits ineffective.

If you don’t ovulate during your menstrual cycle, that means you don’t have a chance to get pregnant that cycle, as you can only get pregnant when active sperm encounter a fertile egg. No egg being produced means pregnancy isn’t possible. If it’s hard to predict and detect when you do ovulate, then it’s less likely you’ll be trying at the right time, and so will miss the opportunities you do have to conceive!

Improving Your Chances

Following on from this it’s clear that there are two important things you can do to give yourself a better chance of getting pregnant with PCOS: you need to try and improve your body’s ability to menstruate spontaneously and regularly (that is, without medication and according to a regular schedule so you can predict it) and also make sure you know when it’s happening so you can try to conceive when you have the best chance of success.


There are lots of different things you can do to help stimulate ovulation. The root cause of a lot of the symptoms of PCOS, including the fertility effects, are an excess of insulin. Diet and lifestyle changes intended to control insulin, including weight loss and controlling sugar in your food can help bring your insulin levels back under control. As your hormones return to a more normal level, your body’s processes begin to work according to a more regular and predictable schedule.

Tracking and Prediction

We’ve already had to dismiss hormone-based Ovulation Predictor Kits as unhelpful to people with PCOS. A better way to detect and predict ovulation is to measure your Basal Body Temperature. OvuSense makes it easy to get this information, and our algorithm turns your temperature into a prediction of when you’re next going to ovulate, so you have the best chance to take advantage of it and try to conceive when you’re most likely to succeed!

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS