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Ways to get Pregnant with PCOS

A diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can help to explain a lot of the symptoms you’ve been living with, from unwanted hair growth on your back or chin, to weight gain, and even worrying skin discolouration. It can also sound like the end of your ambitions to start a family: PCOS has dramatic effects on your reproductive system and it can stop you ovulating altogether.

A PCOS diagnosis doesn’t mean the end of your chances to get pregnant. There are ways to ameliorate the condition’s effects on your body and boost your fertility, and then combining these with a reliable, non-hormone-based fertility tracker (like OvuSense) can even the odds in your favour!

Losing Weight

Losing weight to help you get pregnant with PCOS is far from easy, but it can reduce the effects of the condition across your whole body, not just your reproductive system, and it’s good for general health as well. PCOS causes you to gain weight because your body produces too much insulin, leading to what’s known as insulin resistance. This means that the hormone becomes less and less effective, thus your body produces even more. It’s a feedback loop, and breaking it is tricky but well worth trying.

If you can make the switch to a diet that controls your insulin levels while working to lose the weight that PCOS causes your body to gain, you can encourage your body to dial back it’s insulin production to more normal levels. For many people this can be enough to start ovulating spontaneously and regularly, making pregnancy a reality, not just a dream!

Medication

There are also drugs that can help to counteract the fertility effects of PCOS and help your body to ovulate. Clomid is a popular fertility drug that restricts your brain’s oestrogen receptors – this means your body continues to make the ovulation hormones LH and FSH and can help restore your fertility.

You’ll need to work with your doctor to ensure you’re taking your course of Clomid at the right time in your cycle to stimulate ovulation most successfully. The medication can come with side effects that some women find difficult, but this has helped many people get pregnant despite the effects of PCOS.

Surgery

When medication alone doesn’t work, there are surgical options that can help. Laparoscopic ovarian drilling is the process of making small holes in the ovary with heat or laser-light, which can help to stimulate ovulation. It’s a key-hole procedure, so recovery is fast, and it’s been found to be as effective as medication.

There are lots of ways to get pregnant with PCOS, and a diagnosis should be the prompt for you to explore the many options available to you, rather than the end of the road.

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