In this article, we’ll discuss natural and medical measures to take if you want to know how to get pregnant with PCOS.
Keep in mind, one side effect of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is low fertility. This does not necessarily mean infertility. So it’s still possible to get pregnant, but you may have to take additional measures.
Why It’s More Difficult (Not Impossible) To Get Pregnant With PCOS
When diagnosed with PCOS, tests will reveal high levels of androgen (male hormone) in the system.
An increased level of male hormone is the cause of irregular periods, inability to conceive, excess hair growth, and acne. People with PCOS may also experience obesity, type 2 diabetes, loss of scalp hair, and oily skin.
To treat the syndrome, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills to stabilize an absent or irregular period. You may also need medications to control the excess male hormone.
Natural And Quick Ways To Get Pregnant With PCOS
While there’s currently no cure for PCOS, there are modern medicines and treatments for symptoms. And, luckily, there are ways to boost your fertility through some natural means.
Here are a few…
Take Inositol and Folate
Inositol is a naturally occurring Vitamin B8 which can be found in citrus fruits (cantaloupe) and fiber foods (beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds).
Folate is found in sweet potatoes and yams.
Adopt a LCHF Diet
For people that practice a keto diet, adopting a Low Carbohydrate, High Fat (LCHF) diet is a familiar procedure.
This diet will strictly restrict your intake of carbs, and concentrate intake of healthy fat and moderate protein. This will condition your body into burning fats instead of glucose as its main source of energy.
In the long run, your insulin levels will drop. And, you can start living with reduced testosterone levels.
One of the problems of PCOS is insulin resistance i.e. increased blood sugar.
To fight insulin resistance, you have to develop the ability to build your muscles. This is why exercising is a must. (Examples of suitable exercises are listed further down this page.)
Exercising will also help lower your cholesterol levels, improve your glucose tolerance, lower your blood pressure, and help you rest better.
All these advantages are necessary for conception to take place.
Stay Off Birth Control Pills
This might seem obvious, but most women actually forget to do this when they have PCOS.
Doctors do prescribe birth control pills for regularizing irregular periods in PCOS, but this will interfere with conception.
Therefore, you may want to stay off the pills and let them flush out of your system a few months before trying to conceive.
When you’re constantly under stress, your PCOS symptoms are bound to be aggravated due to the release of cortisol – the stress hormone.
So, sleep well, exercise, talk to someone, keep a journal, try yoga, and visit a spa.
Exercises To Get Pregnant With PCOS
The exercises you need for this procedure has to be the muscle building and fat burning variety. Some of these exercises are:
Resistance exercises will improve muscular strength and endurance, build up the muscles, and reduce blood pressure.
Examples of resistant exercises are weight lifting, pull ups, leg squats, and push-ups.
Resistance bands are also an excellent, compact alternative to free weights. They’re very easy to use and are suitable to use for numerous exercises.
Jogging, swimming, and bike riding are forms of gentle cardio. These exercises will strengthen your extremities and help you burn a lot of carbs and fat.
Yoga will improve your metabolism, cardio health, muscle strength, overall weight loss, and reduce your stress levels.
How To Get Pregnant With PCOS With Irregular Or No Periods
You can get pregnant when your period is irregular of marginally absent, but it may be more difficult than the usual way.
To get pregnant with this condition, here are some things to try:
See your gynecologist for possible fertility treatments for people with irregular or absent periods.
You can take clomid, letrozole, metmorfin, gonadotropins, IUI treatment, and IVF.
Sex During Ovulation
It’s best to have sex during your ovulation window.
Here, you will have to try multiple ovulation detectors for maximum accuracy. It’s recommended to chart your basal body temperature, use ovulation strips, and check the quality of your vaginal discharge.
How To Get Pregnant With PCOS For Those Over 30 Years Old
When you’re over 30 years old, your body will need more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to trigger ovulation. Unfortunately, producing enough FSH for this action is difficult for women with PCOS.
If you’re facing difficulties you may consider a gonadotropin injection, intrauterine insemination (IUI), or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF works by stimulating your ovaries into producing and releasing multiple viable eggs. Eggs are then removed and placed in a petri dish.
Then, the eggs are fertilized by a waiting sperm until an embryo is formed. The resulting embryo(s) will be returned for implantation in your uterus, where it can finally grow into a fetus.
Whatever path you take be sure to be supervised and consulted by a medical professional.
Gonadotropin injections contain enough FSH to stimulate the onset of ovulation in your body. Injections are usually under the skin or into a muscle.
Gonadoptropin injections can also increase chances of getting pregnant with twins, triplets, etc.
You’ll need to speak with your gynecologist for these injections.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is also known as artificial insemination.
This involves the injection of healthy spermatozoa into a waiting egg in your uterus. To make the egg available, the doctors will stimulate ovulation in your body.