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Natural Ways to get Pregnant with PCOS

If your doctor isn’t sensitive to your needs, or is simply pressed for time, a diagnosis of PCOS might leave you with the impression that a natural pregnancy is all but impossible for you; that your only hope of starting a family is with the help of intrusive medical treatments that can leave you with hot flushes, nausea or even severe mood swings.

This is not the case: in all but the most serious cases of PCOS, getting pregnant naturally is possible, if challenging. You just need to understand how PCOS affects your body and learn how you can lessen those effects or plan around them to give yourself a better chance of conceiving.

How PCOS Affects Your Fertility

PCOS begins with your body producing too much insulin. Researchers are still trying to determine why it triggers, and why some people are affected but not others, but it is known that insulin is at the root of the list of symptoms.

As you produce more insulin, this has the knock-on effect of your body also producing more and more of two other hormones: testosterone (traditionally regarded as ‘the male sex hormone’) and oestrogen. You can also fall victim to insulin resistance – a case of diminishing returns, causing your pancreas to create even more insulin to compensate.

The interactions between these hormones create all the other symptoms of PCOS, so it follows that you can reduce the impact of those symptoms if you can reduce your insulin levels. Trying to lose the weight that PCOS encourages your body to gain is not easy, but it is possible. Working with a low GI diet and moderate, sustainable exercise has helped people see results, not just in losing weight but also in controlling their insulin levels and seeing more regular, spontaneous ovulation!

Supporting Weight loss

You can support your weight loss with dietary supplements, most notably Inositol. This is a compound, similar to vitamins, that is found in some foods. It helps your body process and use insulin, and so if you aren’t absorbing it correctly it can lead to health problems. A supplement can help with the symptoms of PCOS by helping your body manage the insulin in your system.

Detecting Ovulation

As well as putting in work to help your body ovulate more often, you need to be ready to detect when you ovulate to take advantage of the peak in your fertility that comes with it!

OvuSense can help here: our system uses your basal body temperature to spot when you’re due to ovulate because that isn’t affected by the hormone disruptions that cause PCOS. It takes your temperature overnight to ensure it’s accessing that basal level, records it, and processes it into a prediction for you, so you know when you’re next approaching your peak fertility.

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