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Getting Pregnant with PCOS: 6 Lessons

on Jun 14, 2012

by Tiffany Merritt

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Dear Tiffany: My doctor just told me I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Will I be able to get pregnant without medical intervention?

Do you have PCOS and want to get pregnant? There is a condition that is not all that rare, but does cause some women to have some trouble conceiving. It’s called polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS and I want to tell you what it is, what the symptoms are, and what the treatment options are. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

So PCOS as I said is not that rare. It affects between five and ten percent of women. What it basically is, is when your body produces too much of the hormone androgen which causes cycle irregularity. Now, women produce both male and female hormones, but women with PCOS produce too much of the male hormone, again that’s called androgen, and it messes up your cycle and as we’ve talked about before, an irregular cycle leads to more trouble conceiving because you don’t know when you’re ovulating. In some cases women will report that their periods will stop altogether for months at a time when they’re not pregnant. That’s just sort of what PCOS does.

The cause of PCOS is unknown

It also tends to produce very small cysts on your ovaries. Now, the cause of PCOS is unknown and unfortunately there’s not a cure for it but there are some treatment options. Diagnosis is usually based on symptoms alone, there’s not like a nice neat little blood test you can take. So these are the symptoms that your doctors will be watching for and that you need to be watching for if you think maybe PCOS is part of the problem.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Symptoms. First is the obvious-you’re infrequent, irregular or even absent periods. That’s a big symptom of PCOS. Also increased hair growth, particularly in places like your face, your neck, your stomach, your hands and your feet. Acne, oily skin, dandruff, these are also signs of PCOS. Pelvic pain, weight gain, usually around the waist, the onset of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thinning hair, and sleep apnea. So, if a couple of those sound pretty familiar to you, you may want to take note to bringing it up to your doctor.

What are my treatment options?

So, for the treatment. Well, first and foremost, if you’re not trying to get pregnant, there’s a great treatment! It’s called birth control pills. These tend to do a great job of regulating your cycle, and also helping with things like acne. If you are trying to get pregnant, obviously birth control pills are not the thing to do. Things like Clomid and injectable hormones, those can also help regulate your cycle. And a regular cycle is one of the major keys to getting pregnant. So there is an option for you. Naturally, you know doing this on your own. One natural way to help regulate your cycle is to make sure that you’re maintaining the healthy weight through proper diet and exercise.

There are risks associated with PCOS

It’s important to just be aware that women with PCOS tend to have higher risk of pregnancy complications. They’re at a higher risk for miscarriage, they’re at a higher risk for pregnancy induced hypertension, and premature delivery.

Relax, you can still get pregnant with PCOS

Now, with all that said, you know, I feel like I’ve sort of been a doom and gloom about PCOS. With all that said, if you have or suspect that you have PCOS, please don’t freak out. I personally have 2 sisters-in-law who both have PCOS. Both of them got pregnant without any medical intervention, both of them had healthy pregnancies, and healthy deliveries. So it’s not a foregone conclusion that because you have PCOS, you can’t get pregnant, you’re going to have the world’s worst time getting pregnant, or you’re going to have a horrible pregnancy. I just want to put that out there for those of you who are feeling pretty nervous about the situation. But it’s good to know what your options are. So, thanks so much everybody! Good luck!

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Getting Pregnant with PCOS: 6 Lessons, 4.1 out of 5 based on 21 ratings

Tiffany is a mompreneur & editor whose parenting tips and product recommendations can be found at her popular blog, Stuff Parents Need, where she's busy making life a little less hectic for new parents.

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  • shweta

    hi! i hav pcos problem since frm the begning of my menses cycle.. i hav irregular periods , i m 25 yrs old nd i m overweight also… i havnt tried to get pregnant as some mnths ae left in my marrige…. i want cure my pcos problem.. some doctors have suggested PILLS i hav taken it for more than 1 yr.. .. i love children vry much… i had a dream that i must hav twins babies…….. plz doctor kindly help me out this trouble….. i will be vry thankful to you….

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  • jess

    can you take FertiBella while on brith control and can you get pregnant

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Since a number of medications have not been effective to you, I do recommend that you try to use the ConceiveEasy TTC Kit. The ConceiveEasy TTC Kit System is effective in such a way that ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Yes, PCOS can greatly cause complications to one’s pregnancy. Pregnancy complications due to PCOS usually include preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, miscarriages and premature delivery. It is best that you try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and be more careful during your pregnancy to avoid these possible complications. It is also important that you and your doctor should work something out to ensure you a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

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  • wants2beamommy

    I have PCOS and have been trying to conceive for 4 years. I just recently visited a doctor and she did some blood work. All my blood work came back normal except high levels of testosterone. My doctor doesnt want to give me fertility meds because she says Im overweight. So she prescribed a birth control to lower the testosterone levels. Should I continue taking the birth control or seek another opinion?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Since you are suffering from PCOS, you have higher risks for miscarriages and other pregnancy complications such a gestational diabetes and preeclampsia during your pregnancy. It is best that you maintain a healthy diet, take prenatal vitamins as well as folic acid supplements, and avoid stress. I also do suggest that you see your doctor immediately for you to be fully guided and to ensure you of a healthy pregnancy.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Since you have PCOS, you have higher risks for complications such as miscarriages, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm births during your pregnancy. It is best that you regularly take prenatal vitamins and folic acid supplements to provide your baby a healthy development. I also suggest that you maintain a healthy lifestyle in order for you to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    It is best that you keep yourself fit first by improving your diet, exercising regularly and quitting unwanted habits to personally boost your chances of getting pregnant. You should try to continue your medication as well in order for you to boost your chances of getting pregnant. In addition, I do suggest that you see your ObGyn for a preconception check in order for you to determine what prevents you from getting pregnant.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    It is best that you keep yourself fit first by improving your diet, exercising regularly and quitting unwanted habits to personally boost your chances of getting pregnant. You should try to continue your medication as well in order for you to boost your chances of getting pregnant. In addition, I do suggest that you see your ObGyn for a preconception check in order for you to determine what prevents you from getting pregnant.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Knowing that you have PCOS and you have been trying to conceive for years already, getting pregnant can be quite difficult for you. I do suggest that you continue taking birth control pills for at least 3 months in order for you to balance your hormonal levels. As soon as the level of your testosterone normalizes, you can stop taking oral contraceptives and already start trying to conceive.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Knowing that you have polycystic ovaries, getting pregnant can be quite difficult for you. I do suggest that you consult your ObGyn in order for you to determine what the particular cause of your painful cramps is. In this way, you can as well request your doctor for medical prescriptions of fertility supplements that can help induce your ovulation and improve your likelihood of conceiving soon.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Knowing that you have PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, getting pregnant can be quite challenging for you. It would be best if you start taking fertility supplements such as Fertibella ConceiveEasy that can help induce your ovulation and improve your likelihood of conceiving. In fact, Fertibella ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been demonstrated in limited studies to help women conceive who have PCOS.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    In order for you to be sure, I do suggest that you try to take a home pregnancy test 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period for a consistent result. Though you have PCOS; there is still a chance for you to get pregnant, given that you had unprotected sex and you had bleeding which can be a sign for uterine implantation.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Getting pregnant can be quite difficult for you, given that you have PCOS. I do suggest that you should immediately start taking 50 mg of Clomid on days 3 to 7 of your cycle for 6 months at the maximum in order for you to induce your ovulation and boost your body’s fertility. Knowing that you were able to lose weight and receive positive test feedbacks from your doctor, it is best that you start trying to conceive now by increasing your sexual activity during your fertile window.

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  • Shexy

    Thank you I didn’t have any luck on the 25mg last month this is the second month of 25mg clomid so if nothing ill be seeing the gyno and be put on the 50mg clomid I’m still trying to loose mode weight hoping that will help me some more my cycle was early last month would haves made it. 28 day cycle my partner had only one issue but gyno said it could have just been that sample he had only 2% normal Sperm everything else was fantastic he takes multivitamins to help his sperm but think 2% is half what it should be but she said there would still be a lot of normal sperm cause of the count and quantity would u recommend every day over the fertile time

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Knowing that birth control pills are considered to be oral contraceptives and these can prevent you from getting pregnant, I do suggest that you stop taking birth control pills when you’re trying to conceive. Once you’re off your birth control pills, you should immediately start taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy to help regulate your hormones and boost your body’s fertility.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Since you are trying to conceive; it is best that you avoid stress such as depression, given that these can ruin your hormonal cycles and prevent you from getting pregnant soon. In addition, there is still a very good chance for you to get pregnant as long as you don’t have any underlying infertility issues. If one of you Fallopian tubes are blocked, then I do suggest that you undergo a laparoscopic surgery and hormone cleansing therapies to help restore your reproductive tract and improve your likelihood of getting pregnant soon.

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  • jamie

    I got diagnosed with PSOS a few months ago and have had reall really light spotting this month early than my normal period is is this a pregnancy sign or PSOS?? :/

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  • Onemoretime

    Hi, I already have two girls aged 8 and 4. They are my angels but I would like to try for another child. I did not have any problem getting pregnant the first two times, but now, I was recently told that I have PCOS. I dont know what to do. The dr has asked me to come back on my first day of next period.

    What is your advice? This is really depressing me

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  • aamna

    does ovarian drilling help in patients with pcos and who have failed clomid and iui’s etc…?

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  • mison

    I am32 y.o i have pco on medication(metformin 500 by two then changed to850 by two..and orlistate 120 mg by 2) i aborted 3 times last one 14 july…..then after that i try to get pregnant i failed….please i need to know what’s next step should i do?

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  • mary

    I have Pcos can conceive easy kit help me get pregnant?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    ConceiveEasy® is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been demonstrated in limited studies to help women conceive who have PCOS. It works to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your menstrual cycle.

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  • jam

    I really want to get pregnant but I seem I can’t it feels Inpossible I need helo it makes me so depressed

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  • michelle

    hi can i ask a question i have 2 kids aged 5 and 7 but have been trying for a 3rd for 2 years and have recently been told i have pcos but never had a problem with my first 2 pregnancy they just happened and where normal and healthy pregnancy, my period is very regular and my cycle is 27 days and mt period comes on time every month i have also started to use ovulation kits which tell me i am ovulating but ive read these can be wrong with pcos so im wondering what is wrong with me that i cant get pregnant again

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  • Hema

    I am from India .. Married Jan’13 ,,, I have PCOS and 95kgs , i wish to get conceive and carry my baby :-( will it be possible .. can ppl suggest me good plan and idea..

    hoping for reply

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  • charm

    I’m almost 30 have been diagnosed pcos have a 10 yr old and a 2 yr old which we used Clomid as my cycles are very irregular. We have been trying for another baby for 5 mnths. I have been on Clomid and have regular ultrasounds. Yesterday they found a cyst 30 mm and gave me a pill pack. At the time I did not know this was birth control. Do I need birth control pills for the cyst even though I am trying to conceive?

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  • shay

    I am 23 years old I c period one or two time for the year I av fluid coming out of my breast trying to get pregnant but it won’t happen. Can u help me. Wats causing this n what should I do to conceive

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  • rani

    Iam having mild pcod and was medication for 3 month and was having sex with my husband last month along with fertipro, is there any chance to get pregnant? today I missed my period

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  • wantsababy

    i have pcos and have irregular periods… i have been right on schedule with my period for two months and im about to get it again the same time as the other months.. i was wondering if this month would be a good time to try the natural to get pregnant way since my periods have been on time

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  • Jessica russell

    Hey doc my tubes were tied in 2008 but I’m wanting to get pregnant again really bad can this pill still give me a great chance of still getting to have more kids

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  • http://gmail.com rekha A

    i have pcos, and have 4 years baby, i am 32 years old, i need another child, what should i do

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  • Ann Charis Abas

    hi…i also have pcos..i have been trying for about 3years already to get pregnant…where can i get fertibella?please help me…

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  • Dale

    I am pretty much over weight and have been since I had a parathyroid removed due to tumors all over it. Because of this I have had weight issues stemming from thyroid damage. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago. I was put on Birth Control but I stopped taking them 6 months ago when my boyfriend and I decided to get married. I have been taking Conceive easy for 3 weeks now and am just wondering if it will help with my thyroid and my hormone irregularities? I have been dieting and excersizing for 2 years now and I just cant seem to drop the weight. If anything I have gained 25 lbs in 6 months. I am not pregnant and have been to the doctor to confirm it. Messed up case, I know but I have always wanted a child and I know where my PCOS is stemming from.

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  • chitra

    Hi

    I need help.i am 32 yrs old and Last week Saturday my GP advised me that I have PCOS and I am not ovulating.But I do have regular periods (28-30 days cycle). My husband and me are trying for a baby from last 8 months and I am overweight as we’ll, weighing 79 kgs and 5.4 height. I badly want to have kids since the pressure from family and anxiety is building. We are not financially very well equipped to bear assisted reproduction services. I am watching my food intake and also plan to enrol at local gym. Plz a advise as what is best way to treat this and. What are the chances of me getting pregnant??? Plz help as I am totally devastated, thanks.

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  • swarna

    i have pcod problem before my marriage can i conceive

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