Getting Pregnant With PCOS
Believe You Can Conceive - PCOS Doesn't Have To Be A Problem
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects the production of hormones essential for getting pregnant, but fortunately most women with PCOS can get pregnant, with the right treatment and lifestyle choices.
So, if you're a women who feels that getting pregnant with PCOS is an impossibility, then there is no need to worry, because you have the power to take back control of your body and make your dreams of motherhood a reality.
The scientific reason for struggling to get pregnant with PCOS, relates to the way a PCOS sufferer produces an excessive amount of male hormones that interfere with the production of the female hormones that your body needs in order to ovulate. Because your body is not ovulating, progesterone (the hormone that causes the lining of the uterus to thicken) is not being produced. This results in an absence of periods or irregular menstruation. When there is a lack of ovulation and menstruation, conception is not possible.
So the issue relates to abnormal hormone levels which mean your eggs may not develop properly and may not fully ripen. To resolve this issue, a woman with PCOS needs to find ways to reduce the circulating insulin levels in her body.
This means you need to have a good diet, exercise regularly, reduce your stress levels and get the right amount of key nutrients and vitamins.
Excess weight also makes it harder for your body to control insulin levels, which can result in the production of the unwanted male hormones. It is also important to eat in a way that keeps your blood glucose levels more balanced. This can be achieved by eating more high-fibre foods and whole grains, which take longer to digest.
As for exercise, it doesn’t just help you lose weight, it also helps your body regulate insulin levels and maintain healthy blood pressure.
You may also be prescribed medications from your doctor that encourage ovulation, but for some women this can lead to unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects and nausea.
Essentially, if you can improve all aspects of your health, then there is a very high chance you will get pregnant!