While it is true that getting pregnant with PCOS is usually difficult it is important to remember that it is not impossible. Firstly it one needs to understand exactly what PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is – it is one of the commonest female endocrine disorders which affects between 5 and 10% of women between the ages of 12 and 45 years.
PCOS usually manifests in symptoms such as lack of, or irregular ovulation, absence of periods, appearance of certain male characteristics, acne, etc.
PCOS is one of the leading causes for infertility among women, and so getting pregnant with PCOS can be difficult.
However not all women who have PCOS have problems getting pregnant. Many women with PCOS, who do not suffer from anovulation, may find that getting pregnant is not a problem. However the chances of a pregnancy ending in miscarriage are higher among women with PCOS.
Women with PCOS, who find it difficult to get pregnant, can make certain lifestyle changes or get treatment (PCOS is an easily treatable condition) to increase one’s chances of getting pregnant with PCOS –
Weight Loss and diet modification – it has been seen that lifestyle alteration to bring about healthier eating habits and weight loss, has the single more positive effect on increasing a woman’s chances of getting pregnant with PCOS.
Losing approximately 5% body weight can have very significant positive impact on fertility. A diet low in fats and carbs is seen to help greatly with this as well as to help manage insulin levels. A low GI (low glycemic index) diet also helps wherein carbs are derived from fruit, veg, and whole grains only.
Adding exercise to such diet modification can be very helpful for a person to lose weight and increase the rate of ovulation, thereby increasing fertility and chances of getting pregnant with PCOS.
Taking the correct medications – Studies have found that the most significant increase in rates of ovulation and therefore fertility among women with PCOS occurs when diet modification and weight loss are accompanied by appropriate medications.
Metformin, and the newer thiazolidinedione (glitazones), Chlomid and clomiphene citrate formulations are generally prescribed for getting pregnant with PCOS. HCG shots may also be administered in some cases to stimulate the ovaries to ovulate, which can help further.
However when weight loss and diet modifications are not made, these medications do tend to lose a lot of their efficacy, so they are best used in conjunction with such modifications.
Find out when you are ovulating – By taking the body’s basal temperature and by observing other signals sent by the body, identify the time of ovulation and time sexual intercourse to properly coincide with this.
Two days before and two days after ovulation are the optimal times for having sex that may result in conception and successfully getting pregnant with PCOS.
Consider getting help such as intrauterine inseminations to assist the sperm to reach its destination and result in a conception if trying to get pregnant with PCOS. If all else does not work, consider other medical options such as IVF by speaking to the doctor or other suitable treatments for getting pregnant with PCOS.