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Getting Pregnant with PCOS after 30

For women, fertility can often feel like a ticking clock, with your opportunity to have children slipping away from you especially if you’re over the age of 30. If you have any kind of challenge to your fertility it can feel even more urgent to find a solution, and ensure you are able to have children.

Today OvuSense is here to help by looking at this condition and how you can work against it to improves your chances of conceiving.

PCOS and Fertility

PCOS is one of the most prevalent issues affecting fertility in the current age. The NHS estimates it affects as many as 20% of women in the UK, and it can cause disrupted and delayed ovulation, and ovarian inflammation along with its other symptoms.

The driving factor of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is your body producing too much insulin. This causes you to gain weight, as your body becomes resistant to insulin’s effect on your blood sugar, which in turn causes more insulin to be produced. This tight feedback loop is the engine that keeps the other effects of the condition driving forward, most notably the over-production of androgen that affects your menstrual cycle and leads to irregular ovulation, or even ovulation stopping altogether.

Does PCOS Get Worse With Age?

PCOS can get worse over time but it’s not directly tied to your age. If you understand the condition, you can manage it, and reduce the severity of the symptoms, including its impact on your fertility, rather than being stuck in a downward spiral. Getting pregnant with PCOS after you’re 30 isn’t by any means impossible!

Managing PCOS

The most significant thing you can do to try and manage the symptoms of PCOS is to try and lose the weight that it causes you to gain. It’s not easy, because it’s driven by that insulin feedback loop, but if you’re able to drop some of the weight, it will actually help your body produce less insulin, which lessens all the other effects of PCOS. You can support your efforts to lose weight with a myo-inositol supplement, which is one of the substances your body uses to help it control and manage insulin.

As your insulin and androgen levels decline your body may begin to ovulate more frequently and regularly. It can still be difficult to detect ovulation with a hormone-based OPK, which is why OvuSense uses your Basal Body Temperature, which changes to reflect your body’s preparations to ovulate. Our thermometer feeds back to an app which displays not only your temperature but also our latest prediction of when you’re next going to ovulate, and when you need to try for your best chance at conceiving!

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