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How to Get Pregnant with Polycystic Ovaries

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is one of the most common reasons for women experiencing trouble getting pregnant. The NHS estimates that it may affect as many as one in five of women in the UK, though as it’s little understood and rarely discussed the true figure may be much higher.

It’s caused by your body producing too much insulin, which in turn causes it to overproduce androgen and interferes with the process by which your ovaries mature eggs and release them into the fallopian tubes. Under normal circumstances, your ovaries mature up to twenty eggs in each cycle and release the healthiest one at the midpoint of your cycle. If you have PCOS, that point at which you ovulate may be delayed or never come, leaving multiple immature eggs in your ovaries, in fluid sacs called follicles.

Getting pregnant with polycystic ovaries is not impossible: you just need to try and stimulate your body to ovulate more frequently and then target those vital times when you do ovulate to give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant.

Ovulating More

One of the most noticeable symptoms of PCOS is weight gain. It’s dispiriting and may be part of the reason why those with PCOS report higher than average instances of depression and anxiety, but if you can address this aspect of the syndrome, you can lessen the impact of the other symptoms significantly. It’s not easy, but if you’re able to come up with a plan with your doctor or specialist that specifically addresses the fact that your weight gain is driven by PCOS, you may be able to lose some of that weight and in turn stop your body producing as much insulin, lessening the power of the condition.

Studies have also shown that your breakfast has a big part to play in helping you ovulate more. If you eat the biggest portion of your calories at the beginning of the day, followed with a smaller lunch and dinner, you may ovulate more frequently – these studies showed women with PCOS who ate according to this pattern ovulated 30% more frequently than those who didn’t.

Detecting Ovulation

If you’re successful in stimulating more frequent ovulation, you still need to make sure you know when it’s occurring, so you can try to conceive at a time when sperm stand the best chance of reaching the egg while it’s fertile – this is a span of days known as your ‘fertile window’.

OvuSense measures your basal body temperature, because your BBT gives a good indication of when you’re due to ovulate even when you’re suffering from the hormone disruption that PCOS causes. Our sensor takes your temperature right through the night for accurate readings and then turns that data into a prediction of when you’re next going to be at your most fertile, to make sure you have the best chance of getting pregnant with polycystic ovaries.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS