This week is National Infertility Awareness week in the US. Infertility is something that so many women with PCOS struggle with and although I have two children now, it took me a lot longer than my friends to conceive.
I know what it is like to live in hope that your period is late because finally this is your month, only to realize that it’s your body playing tricks on you. I know what it is like to hear just about everyone you know is pregnant or having babies. I know what it’s like to be so frustrated by your own body and feel less of a woman because your body isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do.
So, for all of you still waiting for your miracle babe, I want to honour you and acknowledge you.
I also want to share some research that I found really encouraging when I was struggling to conceive…
Researchers in Sweden followed 91 women with PCOS and 87 healthy women, aged 35 and older. They found that 86.7% of the women with PCOS and 91.6% of the healthy women had at least 1 child. Also, 73.6% of those pregnancies were spontaneous (no medical intervention was required) (1). I found those figures really encouraging!
Higher ovarian reserve
The research also suggests that women with PCOS have a higher ovarian reserve. What does that mean? Well, ovarian reserve is the ovary’s capacity to “provide eggs that are capable of fertilization resulting in a healthy and successful pregnancy.” (2)
The bottom line is that just because you have PCOS does not mean you will never have children. In fact, the researchers found that as we age, our “ovaries show signs of being more active, with better hormone levels and more eggs available” (3) .
This is good news for those of us trying to conceive!
So, my message to all of you amazing women out there, waiting and praying for your miracle, is this: