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PCOS and Infertility

Unless you have a doctor with the time and expertise to explain your PCOS diagnosis in detail, including the effects it has on your reproductive health, and how you can counteract some of those effects to boost your fertility.

Why Does PCOS Affect Your Fertility?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormone driven issue: it has such wide ranging symptoms because processes right across your body are regulated by hormones. Anything that affects your endocrine system affects your whole body.

The precise hormones that produce the symptoms we call Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are insulin, oestrogen and androgen (specifically the androgen testosterone). When the condition is triggered (the triggers are not currently well understood, but scientists and doctors continue to test a variety of genetic and environmental factors), your body begins to produce too much insulin. This starts a chain of knock on consequences that causes the production of too much androgen, and weight gain, which in turn leads to more insulin being produced – a feedback loop that intensifies that insulin overproduction. The weight gain leads to your body also producing too much oestrogen.

These three hormones have powerful effects on your body, especially on your menstrual cycle. The process by which your body prepares for pregnancy each month is delicate, and regulated by hormones. With the extra reproductive hormones in your system, your ovaries are slow to mature eggs, and your menstrual cycle becomes unpredictable and varies in length from month to month.

As you ovulate less frequently, you have fewer opportunities to get pregnant, and because your cycle becomes variable and unpredictable, it gets harder to identify when you do ovulate. This means it’s hard to know when you should be trying to conceive.

Identifying Your Ovulations

There are various things you can do to improve your body’s ability to ovulate, from medication to diets and supplments. Whatever you do, you need to partner it with a reliable method of detecting and predicting when your ovaries release a fertile egg.

OvuSense recommends tracking your Basal Body Temperature. This is a way of getting an insight into your cycle that isn’t distorted by the hormone disturbances that go with PCOS (and make over the counter OPKs no use to you).

Normally, tracking your BBT requires you to get up early, using a thermometer to take your temperature before your metabolism speeds up and heats up your body, then charting the results, so you can see the patterns that reveal when you’re going to ovulate.

OvuSense takes a lot of the work out of this method – our specialised sensor takes accurate readings of your temperature right through the night to ensure you have the best possible data. Our algorithm then turns the data into a prediction of your next fertile window, to ensure you’re giving yourself the best chance of conceiving successfully.

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