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How to Conceive with PCOS

A PCOS diagnosis can be very dispiriting, especially when you’re trying to get pregnant. It’s not a condition that’s very well understood by the public, but many people know that it makes pregnancy much harder.

You shouldn’t give up hope, however. A natural pregnancy is perfectly possible when you have polycystic ovary syndrome. You just need to know how the condition affects you, and take steps to even the odds in your favour.

The Effects of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome has dramatic effects on your whole body, because it’s rooted in your endocrine system. This is the network of chemicals and organs that produce the hormones that govern a whole host of bodily processes, from puberty to hair growth. Anything that interferes with your hormones has a dramatic effect on your body. In the case of PCOS, the effects come from overproductions of insulin, which affects how your body uses sugar, energy and androgen, which is typically thought of as a male sex hormone.

Between the two, these hormones can cause weight gain, unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism) and skin discolouration. People with PCOS also report higher than normal instances of depression and anxiety, though it’s not known how or if this is directly and biologically linked in the same way as the other symptoms. PCOS also has a dramatic effect on your reproductive system. The excess androgen in your system causes the eggs maturing in your ovaries to grow more slowly, meaning ovulation is delayed or even skipped altogether. If you ovulate rarely and irregularly, you have fewer opportunities to get pregnant, and it’s harder for you to know when your chances to conceive arise.

Ovulating More Frequently

One of the most important things you can do to counteract the effects of PCOS is to lose some of the weight it causes you to gain. While it’s a challenge, as you’re directly fighting the condition, if you can bring the weight gain under control, it reduces your body’s excessive insulin production, and this calms many of the other symptoms of the syndrome. In many cases, weight loss alone can be enough to restart regular and frequent ovulation.

Detecting When You Ovulate

This weight loss won’t help you get pregnant unless you’re keeping track of when you ovulate. If you don’t know when you have a fertile egg waiting to be inseminated, you can’t plan to make your conception plans around this key date.

OvuSense offers a solution that’s tailored to work with PCOS. Your Basal Body Temperature changes according to how close to ovulation you are, offering a reliable indication of when you are at your most fertile if you can access it. OvuSense cuts down on unnecessary data by taking your temperature at regular intervals, right through the night and using a clinically tested algorithm to turn those readings into a prediction of when you’re next going to ovulate, to give you an increased chance of conceiving even with PCOS.

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