Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal health condition which affects your hormone levels by producing an abnormal level of androgens, also known as male sex hormones. The imbalance of sex hormones can prevent the development and release of eggs and thus, affect your overall ability to get pregnant. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility that affects women.
If you are suffering from PCOS, you would have a more challenging time trying to conceive. However, by managing these symptoms, you can still get pregnant and go on to have a healthy baby. Here are some useful tips that you can follow to manage PCOS and increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Maintain bodyweight at a healthier range
There is a strong correlation between obesity and PCOS. People who are obese are likely to have higher insulin level, which encourages the production of male hormones called androgens. Hence, it is recommended to take appropriate steps to maintain a healthier bodyweight such as engaging in regular workouts and following a healthy diet plan. Regular checkups should be done to ensure that you have healthy blood sugar levels during the preconception stage.
Stick to the healthiest diet plan possible
Do you know that the food that you consume may also help you overcome PCOS? Hence it is important to look into a diet plan that offers all essential nutrients for your body. You should take note not to include simple carbs, sugary foods, and other unhealthy food choices. Instead, opt to include more proteins and greens such as fish, chicken, lentils and beans, whole grains (which include oats, brown rice) and cooked or fresh vegetables and fruits in your meals.
Maintain blood sugar levels
Women with PCOS usually have high blood sugar levels which reduces their chances of trying to conceive. High insulin levels encourage more production of the male sex hormones and disrupts the development and normal release of your eggs. Hence, it is recommended to follow a healthy diet and keep your blood sugar level within normal.
Take medications as prescribed
Women who are suffering from PCOS would have more male sex hormones in their body as compared to female sex hormones. Hence, your doctor might prescribe medication to help regulate your hormone levels. These medications help by encouraging your body to ovulate regularly monthly. If medications are (un)successful, other fertility procedures such as IVF or IVM may be considered to help increase their chances of getting pregnant.
It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that the healthier you are, the healthier your bundle of joy will be. With these useful tips in mind, you would surely be able to experience the joy of welcoming a newborn to your family.