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Getting Pregnant with PCOS Naturally

For too many women, a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome feels like the end of their chances to get pregnant naturally. Their only other options are intrusive fertility treatments or full-blown IVF: well worth it if they do result in a pregnancy, but the odds of success are uncertain and the side effects can be unpleasant and disruptive.

Fortunately, PCOS does not mean it’s impossible to get pregnant naturally. There are natural, non-disruptive methods you can use to maximise your chances of getting pregnant and help to counteract the effects of the condition on your body.

Getting to the Root

The first thing you need to understand are the causes of PCOS. If you understand what’s driving the symptoms you can try to pick away at what’s causing you to experience the condition.

While doctors still aren’t clear on what causes PCOS to trigger in the first place, they do know it’s driven by insulin. Your body begins to produce too much of this vital hormone, and that leads to over-production of testosterone, and to weight gain which causes your body to make more oestrogen. This hormonal disturbance produces all the symptoms of PCOS, including interrupted maturation of eggs and a disrupted menstrual cycle with skipped ovulations.

Addressing the Cause

When you understand what’s driving your PCOS symptoms, you can see that the root cause is that overproduction of insulin. If you can drive it down, your other hormones will return to a more normal level, and the symptoms too will reduce in impact – leading to more regular cycles, better egg quality and reliable ovulations.

How to Control Insulin

It’s not easy to get your body’s insulin systems under control – PCOS can throw you into a feedback loop, with insulin production causing weight gain, and weight gain causing more insulin production. If you can lose some of that weight, you can stop that cycle.

Before you commit to any dramatic diets you should check with your doctor, but a good guide is to stick to a low-GI diet with plenty of whole grains. This helps to regularise your blood sugar levels, and control insulin production across the course of the day.

You can also support your dieting efforts with supplements like Inositol. This is a compound found in some foods that helps your body use insulin effectively. It’s theorised that problems using Inositol could be the key factor that causes PCOS to trigger. A supplement may not provide a miraculous solution but it can help to reduce extreme hunger pangs and small studies have shown improved ovulatory function for women with PCOS who take regular Inositol supplements.

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