PCOS is now the leading cause of infertility leaving so many women suffering in silence.
For many women, conceiving a child with their beloved partner is a cherished dream. However, for those with PCOS, achieving a healthy pregnancy might require overcoming certain hurdles.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 116 million women worldwide, comprising 3.4% of the population, are affected by PCOS. So, if you find it difficult to get pregnant with PCOS, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, as it’s more common than you might think.
Though the journey may be challenging, with the right treatment and lifestyle changes, you can improve your chances of conceiving with PCOS – I have helped hundreds of women through simple diet and lifestyle changes, even after years of IVF!
My oldest client was 47 – so hopefully this gives some of you hope.
In this article, we’ll explore natural and medical remedies for PCOS-related pregnancy.
Unraveling the Impact of PCOS on Fertility
PCOS disrupts the delicate balance of estrogen, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and androgens, affecting the maturation of eggs and ovulation, making conception more challenging.
Despite these challenges, if you have ovaries, a womb, and a uterus you absolutely CAN get pregnant and if a doctor tells you you can’t (like I got told 3 times) literally tell them to get in the bin!
Medical Options for Achieving Pregnancy with PCOS
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a year without success (or six months if you’re aged 35 or over), you may explore medical options to aid in PCOS pregnancy.
What I can’t stress enough is before you go down this route, make diet and lifestyle changes and you will see SUCH a huge improvement.
I help women get regular periods. Get ovulation back and then bam – they are pregnant.
Save your time, energy, and money on these treatments below before you fix your nutrition and lifestyle first.
Here are three effective ways your doctor might recommend:
Ovulation Induction (OI)
For those with irregular or sporadic periods, Ovulation Induction (OI) is the primary medical treatment to enhance the chances of getting pregnant with PCOS. Your doctor might prescribe hormone medication (tablets or injections) to stimulate the ovaries, facilitating the release and fertilization of eggs either during intercourse or through intra-uterine insemination (IUI).
Artificial Insemination or IUI
Artificial Insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), is the second-line medical treatment for PCOS-related pregnancy. During this procedure, the male partner’s (or a donor’s) sperm is inserted into the woman’s uterus, ideally timed with ovulation. IUI might be combined with ovulation induction (OI) for women with irregular menstrual cycles, or it can be performed during a natural menstrual cycle.
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)
If previous medical procedures have not resulted in pregnancy, women with PCOS may explore a more invasive fertility treatment known as In-vitro Fertilization (IVF). This comprehensive treatment involves hormone stimulation to produce multiple eggs, egg retrieval, embryo development in the laboratory, embryo transfer to the uterus, and eventual verification of clinical pregnancy through ultrasound.
Embracing Lifestyle Changes for Natural PCOS Management and Conception
As much as the medical world is amazing and has done such wonderful things for us humans, please also remember it is a money making machine.
The IVF market is worth a huge $584 million dollars just in the US alone.
Just imagine if we were all taught about our menstrual cycles, the danger of birth control, and actually how to look after our hormones from a young age – this number would not be anywhere near what it is today.
The journey to improved fertility and a healthy baby begins with adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some lifestyle tips to manage PCOS naturally and enhance your chances of conceiving:
- Follow an anti-inflammatory and Low GI diet
- Replace your regular tea or coffee with green tea and spearmint tea
- Incorporate herbs and spices like ginger, cumin, turmeric, fennel, and bay leaves in your cooking for more anti-inflammatory benefits
- Include beans in your diet at least once a week.
- Add omega-3 sources like walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and fish (salmon or tuna) to your meals.
- Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables – variety of colour is key!
- Track your cycles to identify ovulation and your fertile window.
- Confirm ovulation with ovulation kits available at your local pharmacy, similar to pregnancy test kits.
- Address insulin resistance by reducing sugar and refined carbs in your diet.
- Manage stress through yoga, meditation, or engaging in enjoyable activities to promote balanced hormones and well-nurtured adrenals.
- Stay physically active and incorporate exercise into your routine.
- Prioritize Your Health for a Higher Chance of Pregnancy
Regardless of whether you have PCOS or not, being in the best possible health before attempting to conceive is crucial for a healthy pregnancy.
Remember, not everyone with PCOS will face difficulties conceiving, but if you are you are not alone and I would absolutely LOVE to help you.
You can check my testimonials on my highlight stories on my Instagram to see the success stories of my wonderful clients – Click here
If you are serious about taking control of your health and making sure you are at optimum health to conceive naturally and have a wonderful pregnancy then please –
I would love to help you, without going down the route of mainstream medication which can just add huge stress, heartache, and pressure to your life.
Please don’t struggle on your own anymore.
I’ve got you <3