Can You Get Pregnant Naturally With PCOS?
| Is Natural Pregnancy With PCOS Possible?
Yes, it is possible, although it will involve making lifestyle changes like losing weight. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) do not ovulate regularly. If an egg is not released from the ovary, there is nothing for sperm to fertilize, hence the difficulties in falling pregnant. Doctors can help you ovulate more frequently using fertility drugs and other medicationsf and this process is known as ovulation induction. However, not everyone can afford to go this route, or they may prefer to try natural therapies first. In fact your healthcare provider may insist you make lifestyle changes first, before prescribing medications, to see if pregnancy occurs naturally. So what can you do to increase your fertility naturally?
1. Lose weight if you are overweight. Studies show that an average weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of total bodyweight over a period of 6 months will re-establish ovarian function in more than 50 percent of obese women with PCOS. So for example, if you weigh 200 pounds, this means losing 10 to 20 pounds. If you are overweight, reducing your weight to comfortably fit within the healthy BMI (body mass index) category for your height will also have significant benefits. A BMI of 20 to 25 is ideal. See, can I lose weight with PCOS?
Definition Of Infertility
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) defines infertility as the inability to fall pregnant within 12 months of having unprotected intercourse (in women under the age of 30 and within 6 months in those aged over 30); or the inability to carry a baby to delivery stage. Most women with infertility related to PCOS do become pregnant, although the majority requires medical assistance in the form of fertility drugs or assisted reproductive technology like IVF. See also, how long does it take to get pregnant with PCOS?
IMPORTANT NOTE: Many women with PCOS report that it is easier to become pregnant second time around, and that their menstruation cycle regulated naturally after pregnancy.
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