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Getting Pregnant with PCOS

If you’re trying to get pregnant, one of the things you really need to be aware of is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s one of the biggest challenges to fertility facing women today, with around 20% affected, as judged by the NHS. Precise figures are difficult come by as many women with the syndrome are undiagnosed – better estimates will likely become available as the condition is better understood and more people come forward.

If you have PCOS then you have an excess of androgen, the male sex hormone. This disrupts the menstrual process in two key ways: it interferes with the development of eggs in your ovaries, meaning ovulation is rarer, as fewer eggs mature for this process. It also disrupts your menstrual cycle, delaying periods or causing you to miss them altogether. This severely limits the basic number of days in your life when you’re fertile and able to get pregnant.

Let’s take a look at the challenges of PCOS, and how you can overcome them to make sure this is a challenge you can face with confidence.

Limited Ovulation

If you want to get pregnant, you need to make sure you’re trying to conceive when you’re fertile: up to five days before and one day after you ovulate. These are when the conditions are right for sperm to inseminate an egg which can embed in the endometrial lining, and develop into a foetus and then a baby.

PCOS can stop you from ovulating, or make you ovulate at irregular, unpredictable intervals which makes it really hard to ensure you’re trying for a baby in that key period when you can be successful. The condition makes it vitally important to identify the cues your body gives you to tell you it’s due to ovulate, so you can capitalise on the opportunity.

OvuSense monitors your core body temperature, identifying your basal temperature and using departures from that to predict ovulation 24 hours in advance, giving you the best chance to get pregnant. Because it actually measures the conditions in the body, rather than relying on counting days since your period, it can’t be thrown off by the irregular disruptions to your cycle that PCOS can cause. Knowing when you’re ovulating is important for anyone who’s trying to conceive. When the times you can ovulate are limited by polycystic ovary syndrome, that information becomes vital.

Health and Diet

PCOS can also cause weight gain, due to the extra insulin in your system – unfortunately excess weight has its own negative impacts on your ability to ovulate, giving you a twofold problem to solve.

Eating healthily, exercising and even some medication more can help you lose some weight which can in turn help to trigger more frequent and regular ovulation and periods which boost your chances of getting pregnant.

The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor, who can talk you through all the factors affecting your health and fertility, and come up with a plan to make sure you’re in the best position to conceive a baby and improve your own health too.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS