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Natural Ways to Induce Ovulation with PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common challenges to women’s fertility in the developed world. The NHS estimates that as many as one in five women in the UK are affected, though a true figure is hard to establish, as many people may be undiagnosed.

As well as it’s many other symptoms – which include weight gain and hirsutism, as well as increased instances of anxiety and depression – PCOS interferes with your menstrual cycle, making ovulation rarer, and harder to predict. When you don’t ovulate as often, and it isn’t according to an easily predictable cycle, you quite simply have fewer opportunities to get pregnant.

The most important thing you can do to even the odds and give yourself a better chance of getting pregnant with PCOS is to try to stimulate your body to ovulate more often, and more regularly. This allows you to identify more of those opportunities to conceive, so you can take advantage of them.

Fertility drugs like Clomid can encourage more regular ovulation, but they can also cause very disruptive side effects like extreme mood swings that mean they aren’t an ideal solution for many people. Fortunately there are natural ways to stimulate more frequent ovulation.

Losing Weight

One of the most dramatic – and frustrating – symptoms of PCOS is that it causes you to gain weight. Fortunately, if you’re able to address this symptom you can reduce all the others too, including the impact on your menstrual cycle!

It’s not easy, because you’re fighting a feedback loop of insulin resistance, but by sticking to a low GI diet, and trying to incorporate whole grains and leafy green vegetables, you can see some real results!

Supplements

You can support your efforts with supplements of the nutrients that are most important for your body in maintaining a regular menstrual cycle.

One of the most important supplements for women with PCOS is Inositol: this is a vitamin-like compound found in legumes and pulses, as well as some meats. It helps your body use insulin effectively to manage your blood sugar levels. It’s been theorised by some researchers that problems processing Inositol could be at the root of what causes PCOS, and women with the condition who take a supplement have seen enhanced frequency and regularity with their ovulation. It can also help to support your weight loss efforts!

Other supplements worth considering are Vitamin D and Calcium – Calcium helps to support your endocrine (hormone) system, and supports regular menstrual cycles. While many women with PCOS have a Vitamin D deficiency, taking supplements has been claimed to help period frequency and regularity.

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