Starting a family when you have PCOS can be such a difficult and really challenging time. I was diagnosed with PCOS when we decided to start a family. And I remember the sense of depression and hopelessness so well – the feeling of being totally out of control.
And I know that my experience is not uncommon. There are literally thousands of women with PCOS who would like to start a family but PCOS can make it so difficult.
Now, I know that it is not an easy road, but I also know that it is possible. As a women living with PCOS, I now have 2 beautiful children. So, it is possible to conceive with PCOS.
There are some things that you can do to help you on your journey to becoming a momBut, there are some things that you can do to help you on your journey to becoming a mom. Many of these things you should start BEFORE trying to conceive with PCOS.
Let’s have a look at some of them:
Change the way that you eat
I think this one appears in just about every blog post I write but diet is so crucial in managing your PCOS and boosting your fertility. In fact, it is the most effective way of boosting fertility in women with PCOS. This has to be your starting point.
Now here is the thing, changing your diet will not only help with your PCOS and fertility, it will also provide amazing nutrition for your baby when you do get pregnant.
Now, it takes at least 3 months for an egg to mature and be released from your ovaries. So, changing the way that you eat before trying to conceive will be really helpful when you do start trying as your eggs and hormones would have had time to mature and release.
I know that you probably have some questions about what a PCOS and Fertility diet might look like. So, I’ve put together an ebook that goes into it in a lot of detail. You can download “PCOS and Fertility: How Diet can Help” by clicking on the button below.
Go off the pill
Okay, so this is an obvious one but if you want to start trying for a family, it would make sense to stop taking the birth control pill. However, you need to bear in mind that the pill takes a while to completely leave your system and for your body to resume a natural cycle.
Without PCOS, it can take up to 3 months. With PCOS, your cycle may take even longer to return.
Also, remember that if you are changing the way that you eat to balance your hormones, that will also help your body to have a natural period after going off the pill.
Track your ovulation
Now, if you’re still taking the birth control pill, you’re not ovulating anyway. But, once you have stopped taking the pill, it would be helpful to start tracking your ovulation.
You see, it is possible to have a period but not ovulate. This makes your period an unreliable sign of ovulation. I also found it so helpful to track my ovulation as it helped put me at ease when my period would be delayed by weeks at a time. I know that I was not necessarily pregnant – it was just my PCOS.
You can read more about tracking ovulation here.
There is some very clear research on the benefits of certain supplements when it comes to PCOS in general, but more specifically when it comes to improving fertility.
There are 2 in particular that come to mind – Ovasitol and Vitamin D
Ovasitol or Inositol
There is an amazing amount of very positive research on how Inositol can impact on fertility and pregnancy in women with PCOS. You can read some of it here.
Here are some of the benefits, to name a few:
restores normal ovulatory activity
increases fertilization rate
prevents spina bifida birth defect
increases peak progesterone (129% increase in one study)
So, with research like this, Inositol is my number 1 PCOS supplement.
So, where can you get it?
Well, my favourite Inositol supplement is Ovasitol from Theralogix. Ovasitol is a combination of D-chiro and Myo Inositols at a 40:1 ratio, which is the optimum ratio found in the body.
You can get Ovasitol here if you’re in the US.
If you can’t get hold of Ovasitol, you can also take plain Inositol, which is readily available from Amazon (see here).
Vitamin D is such an important vitamin yet 80% of women with PCOS are deficient in this all-important vitamin. The thing is, a Vitamin D deficiency can really impact on your fertility (1).
So, if you’re not already taking a Vitamin D supplement, I highly recommend that you do. I prefer to take a high strength Vitamin D drop, like this one.
Okay, so those are the 4 things that I would recommend you do BEFORE you start trying to conceive. It will help to boost your fertility and hopefully make the journey to motherhood a little smoother.
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