Achieving pregnancy with PCOS can be difficult. Drugs and surgical procedures are sometimes recommended, but natural approaches may be just as effective. If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, here's a look at what you can do to get pregnant.
The syndrome is an endocrine disorder, meaning that the hormones and the organs that produce them are involved. Women with the condition are often insulin resistant or suffering from diabetes. Being overweight or obese is one of the risk factors. Weight gain is sometimes one of the symptoms.
Basically, the hormones are imbalanced. The safest and most effective way to balance hormone production is to focus on the diet.
The organs and glands cannot function properly if they do not receive the right nutrients. Hormones are composed of amino acids, fats and carbohydrates.
It is important that protein (the dietary source of amino acids), fats and carbohydrates are consumed in balanced proportions. Otherwise, there may be excessive production of some hormones and inadequate production of others.
Research has shown that diets with a low glycemic index (GI) are beneficial for restoring normal ovulation and menstruation. A low glycemic index diet is also recommended for people with insulin resistance, type I or type II diabetes.
So, the first step for achieving pregnancy with PCOS may be changing what you eat. If you are overweight or obese, you need to strive to reach a healthier weight through diet and regular physical activity.
Attaining a healthy weight is important for any woman that wishes to become pregnant. Pregnant women that are overweight have an increased risk of life-threatening complications.
If you are not overweight, you can still benefit from a low GI diet. It's not that hard to follow one. It mostly consists of avoiding simple carbs like bread, potatoes, sugar and white rice.
Dietary supplements could also help you achieve pregnancy with PCOS. For example, d-chiro-inositol is sold as a dietary supplement in the US. The benefits for lean and overweight women have been evaluated in clinical studies.
D-chiro-inositol plays a role in insulin metabolism. It has no known side effects and is found in foods like buckwheat and carob. The benefits seen include lowered testosterone levels, lower blood pressure, improved insulin sensitivity and increased frequency of ovulation.
Other natural suggestions for achieving pregnancy with PCOS are the same as those for any woman that is trying to become pregnant. They include timing intercourse to coincide with ovulation, avoiding toxins and reducing the stress in your life.