The modern lifestyle has given us all imaginable comforts and luxuries. However, advancements in medicine increase the life span and fill hope in many patients suffering from problems. Though PCOS is a lifestyle problem that affects 1 in 7 women, there is still a lot of good news. Through a combination of medication and lifestyle changes, women with PCOS can get pregnant quickly.
What is PCOS, and how does it manifest in women?
PCOS is short for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).PCOS affects fertility, ovulation and produces excess male hormones called androgens. As a result, women also experience irregular menstruation. PCOS is the leading cause of infertility. Although in most cases, women are not aware of their condition initially, they come to know of it while trying to get pregnant.
PCOS also triggers obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. This saying women with PCOS can have as many children as they want with correct help and patience. There are natural methods by which women struggling with PCOS can boost their chances of getting pregnant.
Do’s and Dont’s to enhance Fertility in women with PCOS
Adopt an anti-inflammatory diet
Diet is strongly associated with hormone production and functioning. Diet also affects fertility. “Wrong” kind of diet can throw the hormones into disarray. There is a vicious circle here because women with PCOS experience more inflammation since more androgens are produced, thus increasing insulin. When the insulin levels are higher, it increases weight, which again increases inflammation. Most PCOS women get into this cycle.
Hence, by switching to an anti-inflammatory diet, one gets the following benefits:-
- Nourishment and healing of the body.
- Balanced hormones
- Controlled blood sugar
- Wight reduction.
So what consists of an anti-inflammatory diet?
- Reduce red meat consumption.
- Limit, and if you can completely stop taking sugar.
- Take green tea instead of tea/coffee.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 regularly.
- Seafood especially fish- Cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines
- All Nuts and seeds – walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds
- Plant-based oils – Flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil
- Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables as much as your heart wishes.
- Make naturally available herbs and spices as part of your diet. Spices available in everyone’s kitchen like ginger, cumin, fennel, bay leaves are very good at reducing inflammation.
- Consume only unsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, olive oil.
- Beans and legumes must be taken as often as possible.
Pay special attention to your menstrual cycle.
One of the best ways to understand your ovulation cycles is by tracking your mensural cycles. You can track the start day of the periods, the gap between each cycle, flow rate, number of days. Understanding your ovulation cycle is crucial since it gives you will know your fertility window. Couples can try for a baby during those days, which greatly improves the chance of conceiving.
Nowadays, there are ovulation kits similar to pregnancy kits. You can easily use these kits at the convenience of your home and find out your exact ovulation dates. Maintain these dates every month. Make sure to take them with you when you visit your doctor.
Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
Women with PCOS develop insulin resistance, which raises their blood sugar levels. Higher sugar levels in the bloodstream make it difficult to conceive. Before using a medication, start by cutting out sugar and refined carbs from your diet and making sure you get enough protein, fibre and healthy fats. There are many drugs available that can reverse insulin resistance.
Say “Yes” to Happiness
Balanced hormones and nurtured adrenaline is key to fertility. So, stay happy and positive. Adopt meditation, massage, yoga, spend time with your loved ones, take up your favourite hobby. The stress hormone cortisol, generated in the adrenal glands, affects all other hormones. So attentively and with the help of your partner, lead a happy and stress-free life.
Maintain a healthy weight
A mere 5% reduction in body weight improve a woman’s menstrual cycle, insulin resistance, and overall fertility. In an additional 5% reduction, women can improve hormones and ovulation. Various studies show that regular exercise directly enhances fertility in women. Maintaining a balance between diet and exercise is the right recipe for maintaining a healthy weight.
Even after adopting all the above, methods if you are still not pregnant, your doctor may suggest medication. The drugs mainly enhance ovulation, thus increasing the chances of pregnancy. But make sure you are taking medication only after consulting a health expert.
Explore Assisted Reproductive Technologies
There are various assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF) women can benefit from. IVF gives the same results for women with or without PCOS. Don’t be sceptical about the success of IVF since it has been found that the success rate in women with PCOS is similar to those without PCOS. Often doctors don’t jump into IVF directly. Instead, they will start with medications and lifestyle modifications. Only if they are not giving results ART is recommended.
Surgeries are also done to boost ovulation. One such surgery is ovarian drilling. This is not always needed, but around 50% of women who get ovarian drilling surgery are conceived pregnant within the first year after the surgery.
A hopeful Summary
Patience and hope are the keys. If you have been trying to get pregnant for a long time and see any result within six months, it is good to consult a doctor. Even if you are diagnosed with PCOS, don’t immediately jump to any conclusions. Discuss freely with your doctor all the available options. You and your partner can together make lifestyle modifications such as adopting a healthy diet, regular exercise. This improves your bind and also enhances your chances of getting pregnant. We at ZIVA Fertility Hospitals have been helping women with PCOS get pregnant quickly for years. We are located at five convenient locations all over Hyderabad. You can book an appointment by visiting our website https://zivafertility.com/. You can also reach us at +91-9100002737, +91-9392834024 and Info@zivafertility.com.