Conceiving With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder seen in women of child-bearing age. Women with PCOS have small fluid cysts in their ovaries that prevent the normal functioning of ovaries. PCOS can disrupt the process of ovulation, thus adversely affecting the menstrual cycle and also lead to infertility.

Besides, PCOS causes hormonal imbalances leading to other complications such as diabetes. Though PCOS is known to be a major cause for infertility, it is indeed possible to conceive even if you have PCOS.

Since women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly, they often have missed or irregular periods. This makes it particularly difficult to conceive as you would not know your fertile days and would not be able to time intercourse accordingly. If you are suffering from PCOS and want to have a baby, it is best to see a trusted gynecologist who can guide you through the entire journey of becoming pregnant with PCOS. If suffering from PCOS, you may need medication to induce ovulation.

Clomid is the preferred drug prescribed by doctors to induce ovulation in women with PCOS. Your doctor may also give you hormonal injections or other medications to stimulate your ovaries further.

You may need to visit your doctor on a monthly basis to monitor the effect of the medications. Your doctor may conduct blood tests to check if you have ovulated or have conceived. The dosage of medicines is gradually increased if the doctor finds that you are not ovulating after 2-3 months of regular medication.

Your journey to becoming pregnant with PCOS can be helped greatly by adopting a healthy lifestyle, combined with nutritious diet and regular exercises. If you are overweight, try to bring your weight to the optimum as this will greatly increase your chances of conceiving.

A diet low in fats and carbohydrate can help keep insulin levels in check, hence consume more of fruits and veggies while cutting down on fatty foods. While conceiving with PCOS may seem challenging, it is important that you remain positive throughout your treatment. Increased anxiety to become pregnant may lead to stress which may adversely affect your chances of conceiving.