Pregnancy and PCOS

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As diagnoses of PCOS grows, so do the issues around becoming pregnant for the women who have PCOS. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is known as a hormonal problem exhibiting various symptoms including weight gain, acne, unwanted hair, irregular periods and often infertility. There are usually small sized cysts found on the ovary but that alone does not yield PCOS.

5-10% of women have PCOS

As many as five to ten percent of women are diagnosed with PCOS. Since irregular menstruation is one of the symptoms, pregnancy can be a challenge. Patterns of ovulation are less clear and opportunities to become pregnant are obscured. But pregnancy is possible and many women with PCOS have successful pregnancies.

Side effects also hinder pregnancy

Sometimes conditions associated with PCOS can further infertility. Gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia and blood clotting may occur. For women with PCOS there are higher levels of miscarriages, premature birth and sometimes over-developed babies. But these conditions can be prevented with proper management of lifestyle and proper medications when called for. An understanding of your body and your particular PCOS challenge is necessary.

See your doctor first

Before getting started making a baby, get a checkup with your gynecologist to discuss your plans. Open and honest communication is important. Changes to medication may be necessary and this could be challenging for a physician. It is important to stick to regular visits if hormone levels are being monitored.

Make positive lifestyle changes

Diet and nutrition, physical health and healthy lifestyle choices make a significant impact. Weight loss in particular can help stabilize insulin and hormones which can lead to success with pregnancy. Decrease sugars while increasing fiber and protein. Control of insulin levels will help control androgen levels and normalize hormones. This could eliminate many of the harmful side effects of PCOS.
Source: VivoFoundation


 
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