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A PCOS Pregnancy

Getting pregnant when you have PCOS is difficult. It’s a condition with a long list of symptoms, and perhaps first among them are the effects on your fertility.

Lots of people lose hope of getting pregnant (or at least of getting pregnant naturally) when they’re diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Today we’re taking a look at the condition, its causes, and how you can manage it to help you achieve a PCOS pregnancy.

Why Does PCOS Make It Hard to Get Pregnant?

Among its many other symptoms, PCOS interferes with the regular running of your menstrual cycle. For most women, the menstrual cycle is regular - anywhere from 21 to 40 days, but stable on an individual level. In the first half of the cycle, the ovaries prepares eggs to be ovulated, and if you learn how long this takes (“the follicular phase of your cycle”) you’ll know how many days after your period you ovulate and therefore when you are fertile (in the five days before and the one day after that date).

When you have PCOS, the hormonal disturbances that cause the condition mean the eggs take longer to mature, and the hormone signal to release an egg when it’s mature might not get through from the pituitary gland to the ovaries. This means that ovulation becomes irregular: you ovulate less often, overall (meaning that across your lifetime you have fewer chances to get pregnant) and you don’t know when you will ovulate so you don’t know when you’ll be fertile.

Tackling Hormone Disturbances

If you can reduce the high levels of androgens and oestrogen that disrupt your menstrual cycle, you can reduce the intensity of the PCOS symptoms and potentially cause a return to a more regular, frequent and predictable ovulatory function.

Those elevated hormone levels have a cause themselves, and that root cause is a high level of insulin production. To manage the symptoms of PCOS you need to reduce how much insulin you produce, and you can do this through your diet. Switching to a low GI diet helps to reduce the amount of sugar hitting your bloodstream at once, which in turn helps to reduce the amount of insulin you produce. This can lower your insulin levels overall and help you to manage your PCOS Symptoms.

Predicting Ovulation

If you ovulate more, you need to know when it will happen, so you can plan around it and ensure you are trying to conceive when you’re fertile. OvuSense tracks your fertility by monitoring tiny changes to your core temperature: a method that isn’t clouded by the hormone disturbances of PCOS and gets you predictions early enough to plan around, meaning you stand a better chance of getting pregnant!

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS