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What is PCOS?

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition, common amongst millions of women. It is a condition where the ovaries produce higher than normal male hormones (androgens). This may affect the woman’s appearance, fertility, and menstrual cycle.



Some common symptoms for PCOS are as follows:

  • Irregular or no menstrual periods at all

  • Having a longer period than usual

  • Weight gain

  • Infertility (due to irregular ovulation)

  • Acne breakouts

  • Oily skin

  • Excessive hirsutism (facial and body hair growth)

  • Thinning or loss of head hair

  • Cysts on ovaries

While you might need some extra help, having PCOS doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant, there is still hope. A variety of lifestyle changes and fertility supplements help women with PCOS conceive and deliver healthy babies.



Weight loss:

One of the main effects of PCOS is weight gain, most women dealing with it are obese. Overweight women with PCOS are more likely to experience severe anovulation, which is why they face difficulties in conceiving. Research proves that even 5% - 10% of loss in weight can significantly increase the chances of getting pregnant.


Following a healthy diet:

Any woman trying to get pregnant must maintain a healthy diet, especially for women dealing with PCOS due to their bodies’ trouble with insulin regulation. Your diet must include rich nutrients, and provide adequate protein. It is in your best interest to avoid junk and processed food.


Exercise:

Exercising and brisk walking regularly, while following a healthy diet improves the regularity of your menstrual cycle by about 50%. It helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle and helps your fertility treatment.


Monitoring ovulation:

There are certain apps available to track your periods and monitor your ovulation, which helps you get a better understanding of which days you will most likely get pregnant.


Medications:

Some women might require medication, in which case, it is in your best interest to consult a doctor. ‍ There is always hope, there are always ways when you have your options open. You can get pregnant while dealing with PCOS, though you will have to make some changes in your lifestyle and food habits, that help control your weight and your blood sugar levels. Regardless of what treatment you choose to take, there is always hope, and success rates are very optimistic.



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