For those living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the ability to get pregnant is often a top concern. It’s important to note that each person’s experience with PCOS is unique, but one thing to consider is scheduling a consultation with a fertility specialist if you are struggling to conceive.
FAQ Regarding PCOS and Fertility
What is the most effective treatment for PCOS if I want to get pregnant?
If you are looking for a more natural way to improve ovulation, a lifestyle change, including a healthier diet and more exercise, can help balance hormones affected by PCOS. However, if you still don't see improvement, it may be time to ask about alternative treatment options.
When you are just starting a treatment plan for PCOS, a doctor may prescribe selective estrogen modulators to help regulate your ovulation cycle. However, further treatment options may be deemed necessary by your fertility specialist.
Does weight gain from PCOS affect my ability to get pregnant?
Women with PCOS tend to have high testosterone levels. This leads to problems with insulin and blood sugar, which can make weight loss difficult. Improving your diet and exercise routine can help the body regulate hormone levels and insulin usage. While this will not cure PCOS, even a small loss in weight can improve your ovulation cycle!
Your fertility specialist will likely recommend maintaining a more active lifestyle and eating a healthier diet to offset the weight gain common with PCOS.
How do I manage my PCOS?
PCOS can cause a variety of health issues — especially relating to weight gain and diabetes — making it critical not to put your general health on the back burner! In addition to improving your diet and exercise routine, be sure to stay up-to-date on any recommended health screenings. Meeting with both your primary care physician and your fertility specialist can help you put a plan in place that you are comfortable and confident about.
Here at Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, we want you to know that PCOS does not automatically eliminate the possibility of getting pregnant. Every person is different and things are not one-size-fits-all. If you have questions about how your PCOS may impact fertility, schedule a consultation with one of our fertility specialists today!