Four Effective Ways To Improve Your Fertility if You Have PCOS
January 26, 2022
This week’s guest post addresses a concern you may share with many women: how PCOS affects fertility. Continue reading to learn the most effective ways to improve your chance of falling pregnant with polycystic ovaries.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that leads to hormonal imbalance in the body. Due to this, the ovaries don’t release eggs at the end of the menstrual cycle.
As the condition affects the ovaries, it leads to infertility in women. Besides, the hormonal imbalance may cause an abnormal increase in testosterone, a male sex hormone.
PCOS affects 5 to 10% of women of reproductive age and is one of the common causes of infertility.
If you have PCOS, your ovaries may be slightly larger than normal. You may also have more fluid-filled pockets on ovaries that release eggs.
PCOS leads to infertility in women due to:
All the above factors can interfere with ovulation, which may cause infertility. PCOS also triggers irregular periods or missed periods that affect the ovulation cycle.
Also, being overweight can reduce fertility and affect women with PCOS taking a long time to conceive. Although PCOS affects fertility; the good news is with reliable treatment, the symptoms of PCOS can treat based on their severity.
Though there is no cure for PCOS, you can manage the condition with pills, lifestyle management, diet, and exercise.
A healthy and balanced diet makes a considerable difference in managing your PCOS symptoms. Your PCOS diet plan should include:
Aim for at least thirty minutes of exercise to control the symptoms of PCOS. Being overweight does affect your chances of getting pregnant with the condition. You can walk for thirty minutes or practice thirty minutes of yoga. Besides, if you have a higher BMI, your symptoms may improve with daily exercise.
An experienced PCOS specialist may prescribe medications based on individual PCOS symptoms.
*Note: Don’t self-prescribe. Always consult with a specialist to protect and keep yourself from harm.
If medicines are ineffective, doctors may prescribe surgery for laparoscopic ovarian drilling. However, most doctors may suggest this in rare cases when there’s no option left. Besides, the results aren’t permanent as the ovulation is restored only for 6 to 8 months.
In severe cases, an IVF treatment can help women with PCOS get pregnant. Besides, there are fertility injections that can help you to an extent. As PCOS causes hormonal imbalance in the body, having a healthy diet plan and making lifestyle changes can help manage the hormonal imbalance.
Medication intervention can help you deal with the problem. But, use only prescribed medications to avoid any complications. It is also vital to note that you have a good chance of getting pregnant with PCOS.
So, if you believe that you can’t conceive, change your perception. With the correct treatment and medicines, you can get pregnant. Also, it is essential to stay positive and stress-free.
Editing by AskAwayHealth Team
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