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How to Get Pregnant With PCOS

Getting pregnant when you have PCOS is a challenge: this is common knowledge. For too many people though, PCOS sounds the same as infertility, and this is not the case! While the condition makes conceiving more difficult, and means you need to take special steps to maximise your chances of conceiving, it is possible to get pregnant with PCOS.

How Does PCOS Restrict Your Fertility?

The first thing you need to do is understand how PCOS affects your fertility. The main engine of PCOS’ effects is a high level of insulin production. This leads in turn to elevated levels of both oestrogen and testosterone, and this hormone disturbance affects your menstrual cycle.

Normally, the first part of your menstrual cycle is when an egg is matured in the ovaries and ends when it’s ovulated (the follicular phase), and it lasts roughly fourteen days. When you have PCOS those elevated hormone levels interfere with the hormones that regulate the cycle, and the egg takes much longer to mature. Eggs remain in the ovaries, and cause swelling and discomfort, and ovulation happens unpredictably and more rarely. This gives you, across your lifetime, fewer chances to get pregnant and makes those chances harder to identify and predict.

Two Important Steps

This should tell you that there are two important steps you can take when you’re trying to get pregnant with PCOS: to stimulate more frequent ovulations and to track your fertility effectively to ensure you know when you’re going to ovulate and you can try to conceive during your fertile window, in the run up to when you ovulate.

Ovulating More

One way you can try to stimulate more frequent ovulations is by changing your diet. PCOS is ultimately driven by a high insulin level, and if you can reduce how much insulin your body produces, you’ll ovulate more! If you eat a low GI diet - with less simple sugars and processed foods, you experience less dramatic spikes in your sugar level and therefore less dramatic spikes in your insulin level. This can reduce the impact of the symptoms of PCOS on your body, including its fertility effects.

Detecting Ovulation

OvuSense can help you get pregnant with PCOS by helping you detect and predict when you ovulate.

Our system uses your core temperature to read your progesterone levels, which aren’t clouded by the hormonal confusion of PCOS. Our algorithm can then use this data to identify where you are in your menstrual cycle and how long you have until you ovulate. This gives you access to your full fertile window - the full six days of heightened fertility around ovulation, so OvuSense can improve your chances of getting pregnant when you have PCOS!

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit our page on PCOS