getting pregnant with PCOS

Getting pregnant with PCOS: Is it possible, or should I start coming to terms with the fact that I won’t be able to be a mother?

 

That may be a question that all women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome ask themselves at some point in their life. Well, if you are one of the many women who have to deal with PCOS, pay attention to the following frequently asked questions.

First of all: What exactly is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that makes women who suffer it to produce too much androgens, which are commonly considered as “male hormones”. And why do women have them too? Well, they are necessary so we can produce oestrogen as well. In this other article by CaptainMums, you can get some more general information on what is polycystic ovary symptom and what it means to us women.

What happens with PCOS and fertility?

Suffering from PCOS has a number of consequences, like excessive hair growth and resistance to insulin, but let’s cut to the one that interests us now: Yes, suffering from PCOS affects a woman’s fertility. The excess of androgens causes irregularities in ovulation or even the absence of it, which translates in suffering from irregular periods and, ultimately, problems to get pregnant.  Besides this, due to the previous lack of ovulation and irregular periods, the endometrium of a woman who suffers from PCOS may be little prepared to accept a pregnancy, which can be an extra problem in order to get pregnant. 

Is getting pregnant with PCOS possible?

We have good news for you here: Yes! It will be another bump in the road, but getting pregnant with PCOS is indeed possible.

 

What are my chances of getting pregnant with PCOS?

Getting pregnant with PCOS is possible, but the infertility rate among those who suffer it is pretty high, depending on the severity of the disease itself. Some women with PCOS ovulate, even if occasionally and in an irregular way, whereas others never do. However, the great majority of those women will be able to ovulate and thus to get pregnant if they undergo a fertility treatment.

What are the treatments for getting pregnant with PCOS?

Usually, the fertility treatment that makes getting pregnant with PCOS possible is the induction of ovulation. To do so, the doctor will prescribe an ovulation drug therapy, which can be done with five different types of medication:

  • Clomiphene citrate
  • Letrozole or femara
  • Bromocriptine
  • Injectable gonadotropin or FSH
  • GnRH pump

The fertility doctor will explain the difference among these medications and recommend the one that adapts best with to your particular case. During the last few years, some doctors have also used a metformin treatment.

Is it possible to do it naturally, without medication?

There are some things that you can do, but none of them have success rates as high as a fertility treatment. You can:

  • Be healthy: Being overweight and sedentary are enemies of fertility. Suffering from PCOS already causes having excess weight, so start practicing a sport you like and follow a healthy diet.

  • Follow a low-glycaemic diet: To do so, you will have to limit the amount of carbs you eat, and eat lots of fibre, protein and healthy fats. If you manage to reduce your insulin resistance, you may manage to limit also the number of androgens you produce, and this increases your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS.

  • Natural vitamins and herbs: Talk to your doctor about this option, and he or she may prescribe some natural multivitamins that will help you restore your balance.

What if I can’t get pregnant after the treatment? 

The success rates after treatment are pretty high, but it is possible that it doesn’t happen. If that’s your case, you have other options, such as ivf treatment, which also has high success rates for getting pregnant with PCOS. Finally, you have adoption: you won’t grow your baby in your womb, but you will be giving a home to a child in need, which will be equally rewarding.  

As you can see, getting pregnant with PCOS is possible, even if harder than for those who don’t suffer any problem regarding fertility.

 

Need help? Ask other mummies in CaptainMums' forum!

 

Activity Stream

Cherry2 added a reply in discussion How can I convert Word doc to ... 15 hours ago 35 minutes ago

Hi there. If you mean word documents like doc, docx you can convert them in PDf documents online. Here is a good tool for this purpose https://pdf4me.com/word-to-pdf/ it provide good security and quality of files. All is very simple, just upload your files and this service will do all job....

ESO201722 started a new discussion Take RSorder $10 Off Code for... 22 hours ago 33 minutes ago

In the last few years many banks and credit card providers have made the decision not to process runescape 2007 gold financial transactions made via online Bingos. There are however a number of other effective methods, many of which are extremely reliable and secure. These mainly consist of third party who keep your financial details secure and han...

Sancsa started a new discussion How can I convert Word doc to ... yesterday

How can I convert Word doc to PDF file? What program should I use?...

swratz added a reply in discussion How can I watch mkv files on m... yesterday

You can download any on the official website. There are a plenty of different video editing software....

Mocsky234 added a new event 2 days ago

Recent lawsuits over the OSRS gold

I'm curious if there are some recent lawsuits over the...

  • Sunday, 08 December 2019 05:00 AM
  • Alaska
Megaomgchen added a new event 3 days ago

The most recent cards confuse using all the cards that are...

The most recent cards confuse using all the cards that are...

  • Sunday, 08 December 2019 12:00 AM
  • 01,beijing
ramunna started a new discussion Tell me how to make a cover le... 3 days ago

I need a job urgently. I've been on the lookout for more than 3 months. I recently sent documents and resumes to the company. But I was asked to send another cover letter. What's it? Did they have the right to demand such a letter and how to draft it?...

Aksha added a reply in discussion What websites with cool survey... 3 days ago

There are many different variants you can find in internet. Do you want to pass surveys for money or what? If you want to check surveys and reviews about different brands, services or discounts I can share Surveytricks site for this purpose. I often read it....

swipka888 added a reply in discussion How can I watch mkv files on m... 3 days ago

You can simply use free MKV player for Mac which is a perfect way for those people who are struggling watching the poor quality video. I am having a Mac and sometimes I face with a problem of watching different videos....

Sancsa added a reply in discussion What websites with cool survey... 3 days ago

Try Swagbucks, as I know it is very big and popular...

Cherry2 started a new discussion What websites with cool survey... 4 days ago

What websites with cool surveys do you know?...

Kallly77 started a new discussion How can I watch mkv files on m... 4 days ago

How can I watch mkv files on my PC?...

Megaomgchen added a new event 6 days ago

NBA 2K20 continues to push the bounds

NBA 2K20 continues to push the bounds of mt coins 2k20 all...

  • Wednesday, 04 December 2019 12:00 AM
  • 01,beijng
marimari added a reply in discussion What is the most popular sport... 6 days ago

I think it's football. My husband bets on sports all the time https://1xbetbd.com/. He has a favorite football team, which brings us good money. It turns out that sport is profitable!...

marimari is now ranked up to New Member... ! 6 days ago
marimari added a reply in discussion Where to find money?... 6 days ago

I choose a hobby where you can earn. I tried Kraft, drawing porters to order. The most profitable hobby turned out to be the stakes. Previously, I was fond of sports, followed the news. Now, continuing to watch matches and games, I can also make money for myself in the evening. If you are interested, everything will be explained in detail on the we...

sophienike started a new discussion Encourage writing in Children... 6 days ago

Parents who have kids of the age of 3 years and 4 years starts getting worried about starting their kid’s education. But it is true, child education is always started from home from holding a pencil and pronouncing words. Some kids take it up right away but some need a helping hand. A parent can incorporate writing skills into everyday life like pl...

BellaBorns added a reply in discussion Where to find money?... 1 week ago

I would advise you to try sports betting, but using the right strategy. It is necessary to analyze the winnings / losses of the desired sports team, and after that, only place bets, so the chance of winning increases. https://777score.com/ helps in the analysis of sports teams....

BellaBorns added a reply in discussion What is the most popular sport... 1 week ago

In my opinion, the most popular game is football, because the game is active and entertaining, and also causes a storm of emotions among football fans. Therefore, I love this game. Schedule of upcoming football matches https://777score.com/ ....

Anna Kury added a reply in discussion What is the most popular sport... 1 week ago

This is most likely football...

Anna Kury added a reply in discussion Where to find money?... 1 week ago

I would advise you to create your YouTube channel and earn money on it, good earnings in the future....

Cherry2 added a reply in discussion Do you play video games?... 1 week ago

Hi! What exactly genres do you like? I prefer to play on my smartphone. Try for example Angry Birds. Also there are many cool casino games, video slots are my favorite. I play on small amounts with special $1 deposit online casino website. Highly recommend to try, it is quite interesting!...

Sancsa started a new discussion Do you play video games?... 1 week ago

Do you play video games? What interesting can you share?...

I am working as a Network engineer at Field Engineer which is an online marketplace who connects businesses In other words field engineer is a... Show more

How Field Engineer Helps California Businesses Cut Costs by 60%

FieldEngineer has revolutionized the way companies access the IT services, especially in California where the need for on-demand workers continues to rise!

ClaytonKaty added a reply in discussion Where to find money?... 2 weeks ago

Try to find for yourself the possibility of additional income, then you will not have a question about the lack of funds. I advise you to study the site https://azscore.com here you can bet on sports and get a good income....