How to get pregnant with PCOS – Don’t Make This Mistake

how to get pregnant with PCOSHow to get pregnant with PCOS? Getting pregnant with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) involves a dietary and lifestyle makeover. PCOS is a metabolic condition affecting the menstrual cycle, female fertility, hormonal levels, insulin production and the circulatory system. Women have male hormones in the body but female hormones are of a higher concentration. If you have PCOS, you have higher levels of male hormones instead and may develop cysts on your ovaries. Women with PCOS usually have irregular periods.

About 5 to 10% of women have polycystic ovarian syndrome.

How to get pregnant with PCOS – Symptoms and Treatment

Common symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome include irregular periods or no period at all, irregular ovulation with or without menstruation, acne breakouts, facial hair and other unwanted hair growth, thinning of the scalp hair, buildup of unruptured mature follicles on the exterior of the ovaries also known as a ‘string of pearls’. There may be excessive insulin production that may lead to overproduction of male hormones in a woman’s body. Elevated levels of male hormones in your body may cause acne, excessive unwanted hair growth, weight gain and problems with ovulation.

PCOS may reduce the quality of your eggs because of excessively high insulin levels in your body. Decreased egg quality may also be caused by delayed ovulation common in women with PCOS.

There is no known cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome. The theory is that PCOS is linked to a genetic factor but further studies are needed.

PCOS is a condition that can be managed to the point that you don’t have any symptoms and can conceive naturally. Treating polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms may reduce risks of health problems in the future but it is important that you address the underlying hormonal issues causing PCOS symptoms in the first place. If you treat the symptoms alone, you are masking a more serious condition existing underneath the surface.

PCOS can be effectively managed with healthy diet, regular exercise and in certain cases medical intervention. PCOS without overall treatment, may progress into frank diabetes and even endometrial cancer.

Overall treatment of PCOS often eliminates most of the symptoms. Women who have been able to manage PCOS are among the healthiest in the population because of the change in their diet and lifestyle. Treatment plans vary from woman to woman, depending on the symptoms affecting you. Consult with your naturopath to find the perfect treatment plan for you and show you how to get pregnant with PCOS.

Exercise

Exercising regularly can help use up glucose in the blood for energy. This lowers glucose levels in the bloodstream, helps use insulin more effectively and regulates menstrual cycles. As a result, insulin levels are gradually reduced even if you only do mild exercise. Exercise helps improve blood circulation, build muscle and speeds up weight loss – if you need to lose weight. Exercise can also help eliminate PMS and dysmenorrhea – period cramps.

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>Weight Loss

Most women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome are obese or overweight. This causes further health problems. Manage your PCOS by managing your weight. Eat healthily and limit your intake of processed foods and sweet products. Incorporate whole-grain foods into your diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds make up a balanced and a healthy diet. Avoid dairy products, including low fat and no fat dairy products as the consumption of these dairy products has been linked to excess androgen (male hormone) production, acne and altered insulin metabolism.

So in answer to your question: “How to get pregnant with PCOS” your success will largely depend maintaining a healthy weight with exercise and diet. Remember, even a 10% decrease in body mass can help restore normal menstrual cycles and ovulation. That’s a realistic and achievable goal especially if you want to know how to get pregnant with PCOS.

Do you have PCOS? Did you get pregnant in spite of PCOS? What did you use to manage your condition? What advice would you give to other women looking how to get pregnant with PCOS? I would love to hear from you.

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Iva Keene is an internationally recognized natural fertility specialist and naturopathic physician who has helped thousands of couples with fertility problems on their path to pregnancy.
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15 Responses to How to get pregnant with PCOS – Don’t Make This Mistake

  1. Fiona says:

    Hi Iva,

    I just wanted to enquire if in your experience, low progesterone levels are associated with pcos or is it possible that having low prog could cause pokycystic ovaries? I had a regular cycle all by life, am of normal weight and have only started having problems since coming off birth control. I spot every month from approx day 18 right up to day 28 till I get my period. My testosterone levels are normal, also fsh, Lh etc but progesterone is low each month. Scans revealed polycystic looking ovaries but the gynae said I didn’t fit the criteria for the whole syndrome. I am following a pcos diet, having regular reflexology and taking all the recommended supplements. My periods have regularised to 28 days with ovulation on day 14 but progesterone is too low to conceive. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Iva Keene says:

      Hi Fiona,

      Progesterone is produced by the left over of the follicle called corpus luteum. If you have small follicles which don’t mature properly, then even if you do ovulate the corpus luteum may not be big enough to produce sufficient amounts of progesterone which then results in spotting. Supplements and herbs can help you regulate progesterone. For more info please refer to the NFP program. Warm regards, Iva

  2. amy whittle says:

    Hi. I am 23 years old and i had the implant removed in febuary this year. However i still havent had a period and i was diagnosed with PCOS when i was 17. Me and my partner have been trying ever since i had the implant removed without success, my doctor keeps telling me give it more time and after 2 years of trying they will then look in to helping me along to concieve but i am losing hope now and i would like to become pregnant very soon, any advice would be very much appreciated. Amy x

  3. Amanda says:

    My husband and I have been trying for around 3 months. I’m 23 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16 years old. I am not overweight and i do fine on the pill, but when I’m not on it, my period is very irregular even though I do seem to get one around every 20-30 days. I’m on a prenatal vitamin and I used to take metformin, but it makes me feel sick to my stomach when I take it. Do I need to go back on it to get pregnant, and is there anything else I can do?

    • Iva Keene says:

      Hi Amanda,

      PCOS responds very well to dietary changes, so I suggest that you change your diet
      on top of the supplements you are taking. For more in-depth info please refer to the
      NFP program. All the best, Iva.

  4. Agnes says:

    Hi Iva,

    I used to hear about you when I saw your ads on FB that you’re coming over here in Kuwait, I actually tried to have an appointment but bcoz of the busy sched at work I haven’t got a chance to come over. I would like to inquire about your program how many percent it can help me? and is there any chance that we can order it in amazon? By the way I was diagnosed with PCOS 2years ago, I am 31 years old and I’m 4 years married and still TTC. Hope I’ve got my luck.

    Thank You and more power.

    • Iva Keene says:

      Hi Agnes,

      I’ll be in Kuwait next week: 24.3 – 29.3 so if you still would like a consultation
      please make a booking. If you can’t make it, I suggest a phone consultation. The
      program is based on research that shows if you follow this method for a min of
      120 days and max 2 years your chance of conceiving naturally is over 80%.
      I hope this answers your question.
      I hope to see or speak to you soon.

      Iva

  5. shannon says:

    I am 22 years old I had my son when I was 18 we are now trying to have another baby I have been yo the doc and they ruled out thyroid problems and I do not have diabetes. I am overweight now I’m not sure if I have pcos or not I have a doc apt dec 13th 2011 I had a period in october and we have had intercourse abd didn’t have a period in November but I’ve also been known to skip a month bedore and not be pregnant but since November I just feel pregnant like my body knows I am but then I have doubts bec we have tried for 3 years with nothing. And I feel I just can get prego. I have taken two test in November they both were neg. I cried and just felt hopeless. I hope I get good news the 13th or even if they can help me get pregnant.

    • Iva Keene says:

      I hope you get the positive result Shannon. However if it’s still not positive I suggest that you change your approach as something is missing. Losing weight will help, studies show losing as little as 7% of your current weight can trigger ovulation and improve your pregnancy outcomes. All the best, Iva

  6. Annabelle ahizoun says:

    Hi I am 22 years old I had a lot of promblems every since I started my period at age of 11, now not very long ago doctors told me I had PCOS, me and my husband are trying for a baby so 3 months ago started to take angus catus but nothing happened now about week ago my doctor put me on metformin which my period just came on, slighty! I was just wondering how Long has it took ladies In same sitducation as me to get pregnant with metformin and should I carried on taking Angus catus with metformin. Please somebody help me thank you

  7. Kathleen Wilson says:

    Hi Iva,

    I have had PCOS for 10 years we tried the hormones tablets and the needles and everything i was skinny when i met my bf of 7 years and we still did not manage to fall pregnant am i always going to be cursed with this horrible disease as it took 1 of my fallopion tubes with it

  8. Rita says:

    I am 31 now when I was 29 my doctor discovered I had PCO but they said is not big enough to be operated or be removed but sometimes I do have a lot of pains and am trying to get pregnant please what should I do

  9. Adik says:

    Hi Iva jam 45 years old I got married 7 years ago Nd 2008 I had ivf in broad I field than 2010 for 4 months I went to acupunture than I got pregnant nautral but after 8 weeks I had a miscarriage. Until last month I had again ivf my first results was postive but they told my after 2days you have hcg hormon test my hormon level dropped down then I stopped my medication so after 5days started my priod . Dr Iva i am very healthy no smoke and drinking in my life and 4 times a week I going to yoga and good excersie and jam of over weight but dr after this field jam so depress ‘angry Ido ‘t want to speak some body please help me what I should to do ? I want to buy book it i do no t which one is good for me please tell me jam waiting.

    Thank
    Adik

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