Getting Pregnant When You Have PCOS

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If you have been diagnosed with PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, you might be concerned about what exactly that means. You are probably a little (or a lot!) worried about getting pregnant, and how PCOS is going to affect your daily life. One important thing to know about PCOS is that it is a very, very common disorder, affecting between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age. As many as 5 million women in the United States may actually have PCOS, and it can occur in girls as young as 11 years old.Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Be Educated

If you have recently been diagnosed with PCOS, it’s important that you get educated and learn all you can about the disorder so that you can fully understand how it can affect you and your overall health. The cause of PCOS is not fully clear to doctors at this time, but they can hypothesize what they think the most common reasons are. Most experts think that things like genetics play a role in PCOS, as does hormonal imbalance and insulin resistance. There are many different symptoms of PCOS that women have to deal with.

The most common symptom is the inability to get pregnant. PCOS is actually the most common cause of female infertility. Women with PCOS might have irregular periods, increased hair growth on the face and body, ovarian cysts, acne, oily hair and skin, skin tags, weight gain or obesity, pelvic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep apnea. Some symptoms may be mild or only a small bit irritating, while other symptoms can be horrible and can affect all aspects of a woman’s daily life.

Dealing With PCOS

If you are planning on trying to get pregnant with PCOS, chances are you are probably going to have to make some dietary and/or lifestyle changes in order to get your body to the best possible place, to where getting pregnant is not out of reach. PCOS definitely makes getting pregnant much harder, so you will have to take the initiative to get things done if you want to get pregnant. Making sure that you are eating a healthy diet is probably the best thing a woman with PCOS can do. Cut out as many carbs and sugary snacks as possible so that you can try to help your insulin resistance. Eat lots of lean meats, veggies, fruits, and low-fat dairy.

When you do eat carbs, make sure that you choose whole grains. Exercise is a big factor for women with PCOS as well. Make sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every single day, and make sure that you are drinking enough water and also getting enough sleep. If you are overweight and suffer from PCOS, doctors say that one of the best things you can do for your overall health as well as your fertility is to lose a little bit of weight. Some experts suggest that losing as little as five to ten pounds can really give fertility a boost and can make it easier to get pregnant. Also, talk with your doctor about the possibility of prescription medications and how they can make getting pregnant easier.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.