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PCOS: Natural Pregnancy

Getting pregnant naturally is an understandable goal if you’re trying to have children, and especially if you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that could affect your fertility. If you’ve been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, then it might feel like your own chance for pregnancy lies with drugs that can force your body to ovulate, at the expense of side effects like nausea and even severe mood swings! Even more intrusive are surgical techniques like Ovarian Drilling, which can help women that aren’t affected by medication but require the actual drilling of small holes in the ovaries.

Fortunately, if you are suffering from PCOS, then a natural pregnancy is far from impossible: if you understand the condition and how exactly it affects your fertility you can counter some of its effects, plan around others and give yourself a boosted chance of conceiving naturally!

Ovulation: The Core Issue

The main reason Polycystic Ovary Syndrome reduces your fertility is that it causes you to ovulate less frequently, and according to an irregular schedule. In some severe cases it can prevent you ovulating altogether for long periods of time. This means you don’t have as many chances to conceive as people who ovulate according to a regular, 31 days menstrual cycle. It’s also harder to identify the times when you do ovulate, meaning you might miss out on the peak fertility that accompanies the build up to ovulation.

For a natural pregnancy with PCOS you need to do two things: encourage your body to ovulate more often and more regularly, and make sure you have measures in place to identify when it happens.

Ovulating More Frequently

There’s no single action that will solve PCOS ovulation problems, but there are lots of meaningful actions you can take.

PCOS encourages your body to put on weight, due to the overproduction of insulin and resulting insulin resistance. If you can lose some of the weight – a GI controlled diet is a good step – you can help to wind down those insulin levels, which in turn relieve the effects on your reproductive health, leading to more regular ovulations.

You can also support this effort with some dietary supplements: Inositol is a compound found in some foods that helps your cells use insulin. Some women have found that improves their ovulation, and while the medical establishment isn’t ready to officially endorse it, it’s well worth trying.

Detecting Ovulation

Hormone based Ovulation Prediction Kits sadly can’t give you an accurate result – the hormonal disruption of PCOS masks the hormone levels they’re trying to measure. A Basal Body Temperature Thermometer is a better investment, that can get you accurate results.

OvuSense measures your BBT at regular intervals through the night to ensure it has the best data, and then processes them into a prediction of your next fertile window with our clinically tested algorithm.

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