I discovered I had PCOS two years after having my daughter. That first pregnancy was easy— I didn't have to do anything special ... it was like, "poof, I'm pregnant!".
Looking back, I realize how lucky I was because I now know the struggle of getting pregnant again. After more than a year of trying, I went to see my doctor and was ultimately diagnosed with PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Apparently it's super common, and besides causing fertility problems, it can cause weight gain and depression — a nasty combo! But, all hope isn't lost if you want to get pregnant and have PCOS.
After consulting with a leading fertility specialist, I was put on a plan to help me get pregnant. Here are a few of his suggesting for trying to conceive with PCOS—
Please be aware that none of these tips are guaranteed, nor are they a treatment for women with PCOS. Be sure to consult your doctor if you have trouble getting pregnant.
Tips for Trying to Conceive With PCOS
1. Lose Weight - Yes, I know losing weight is very difficult when you have PCOS, but making the extra effort will go a long way when TTC. My doctor suggested a low carb diet and moderate daily exercise (walking, jogging), to help the process. I did as directed and sure enough my cycle started to regulate on its own — one of the most important things when TTC.
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3. Reduce Stress - By reducing daily stressors in your life you can assist your hormones with getting back on track. I know this is easier said that done. Identify where the stress comes from and do what you can to eliminate it. You may want to consider yoga or meditation, which was also suggested by my doctor. There are many different apps that you can download for daily guided meditation.
4. Consider Medication - A completely natural conception is ideal— but when you have PCOS you may need a little help... and there's nothing wrong with that! Talk to your doctor about what medications may be right for you. For a period of time I was on Metformin and Clomid.
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SASMAR Conceive Plus® sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.