Getting Pregnant With PCOS Naturally – Four More Steps
If you are interested in knowing about getting pregnant with pcos naturally, please read on.
This is the SECOND part of our series “Getting Pregnant With PCOS”. In the first part of our article “Getting Pregnant With PCOS” at padoozles.com, you were given the first four steps to help you get pregnant with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
In this article, you’ll find detailed information for steps 4 through 8. As mentioned in the first part of “Getting Pregnant With PCOS”, while you may have your work cut out for you, conceiving can still be a real possibility.
As a woman dealing with this condition, your hormones have become out of whack through something most-likely unknown to you. Possibly you’ve experienced an illness, stress, chemicals or medicines which have remained stored in the inner cells of your body, or you experienced some other condition prevalent in life today which derailed your endocrine system. Any of these everyday occurrences, and even some other physical situations, may have altered the hormonal balance that set up proper ovulation and conception conditions.
To begin a process where your hormones can heal and be restored to their proper function and balance within your body’s system, we gave four starting steps in part one of this article.
Step One: Do a body cleanse or total body detox and continue doing so four times a year.
Step Two: Reduce pesticides, chemicals, and other toxins as much as possible.
Step Three: Take a high quality, organic whole food supplement every day.
Step Four: Eat a Low GI / Lower Carb Diet.
Once you have taken the initiative to follow those first four steps, you’ll want to begin adding these following steps.
Step Five: Consider and Investigate A Thyroid Disorder in Addition to PCOS.
While this may seem like an off-beat idea, it’s not as strange as you may first think. Hormones direct the functioning of your thyroid just like they dictate your menstral cycle and ovulation. If a body has not had the correct balance of hormones in one area, it is worth considering any other symptoms that may have arisen because other hormones have been missing in action.
Hypothyroidism is probably the most common thyroid condition a woman with PCOS may encounter.
With this condition, underactive thyroid symptoms could include fertility problems in and of themselves. However, the overall balance of hormones in the body will have a harder time working together if the hormones required for thyroid and metabolism are not in place. Remembering that hormones work in conjunction with one another and depend upon each other to balance out properly, isn’t it worth the time to consider this related condition?
Many pharmacy retail stores will carry an over-the-counter home thyroid test kit which could be a first start in testing your thyroid’s health and well being, but having your doctor do a simple lab test is the best way to verify all is well in that department. The point here is, do not assume your reproductive hormones are causing the fertility problems you may have experienced. You COULD have an underactive thyroid, and underactive thyroids themselves can cause infertility.
An underactive thyroid could also cause other hormonal imbalances then as well.
Research thyroid disorders, check your health against a list of symptoms for hypothyroidism, and have your thyroid checked.
There are several prescription but natural thyroid supplements like Armour Thyroid can be prescribed for correcting hormone imbalances from an underactive thyroid. When you are working as hard as you can to regain your endocrine health, go the extra step to make sure everything related is functioning as well.
Step Six: Know the Herbal Remedies That Help Balance Female Reproductive Hormones and Health.
I have always loved the book, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James and Phyllis Balch. It has just about every aspect of holistic nutrition noted clearly and simply for just about every condition or ailment in today’s society. However, I have always taken particular notice of what herbs from our good earth can do for us. It’s as if God placed all those extra little “body helpers” on this planet for us to use when needed!
Getting pregnant with PCOS naturally will, for most, include the use of some herbs as well. This will not always be the case, but anyone wanting to get pregnant with polycystic ovaries should at least know what herbs may be most helpful to them in their efforts to get pregnant with PCOS.
For all the various herbs that help the female body’s reproductive organs, none seems more honored in its usefulness as Chasteberry, otherwise known as Vitex, Vitex Berry, Vitex Chaste Tree, Vitex Chasteberry, or more formally Vitex Agnus Castus.
Vitex Chastberry can relieve many of the symptoms of PCOS by helping to balance out some of the improperly balanced female hormones within the woman’s body.
An imbalance of testosterone. a hormone everyone has but which is usually higher in PCOS women, can cause problems with ovulation.
Balancing this hormone to normal levels will permit other female reproductive hormones to rise to the levels needed to ovulate or ovulate regularly.
Another key herb to consider for a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome is Black Cohosh.
With PCOS, the misaligned endocrine system has not guarded the pituitary gland from secreting too much of two other hormones, a follicle-stimulating hormone and a luteinizing hormone, both which, when too high, work together to disrupt hormones needed for fertility and reproduction. When your body has too high a level of these two hormones, the ovaries never get the go ahead from the body to ovulate. Black Cohosh is believed to lower the levels of the luteinizing hormone to a level where the ovaries can release an egg.
I’m not sure what I think about Black Cohosh since it is also used to induce labor, so obviously, Black Cohosh is an herb that should be taken carefully, if at all, and which should probably not be used once pregnancy is underway. Still, this is a natural herb that might be worth looking at.
An complete herbal fertility remedy that is widely used and respected is Fertil Plus. Fertilplus combines the herbs Chaste Tree (Chasteberry Vitex, see above), Green Tea (which improves Vitex even more), Dong Quai (additional support for balancing the hormones), Black Cohosh (the luteinizing hormone balancer), Muira Puama (good for stress and depression in addition to supporting the entire central nervous system), and Siberian Ginseng (which stimulate the flow of blood to the uterus, a great benefit for those PCOS women who are already building healthy organs and systems through whole food supplements and nutritional support).
FertilAid is a similar but different fertility supplement that combines Chasteberry, Red Clover (a different herb that has hormone balancing qualities), Siberian Ginseng (see above), Ginko Biloba (increasing blood flow and thus blood flow to the reproductive organs for nourishment and strengthening), and antioxidant vitamins which strengthen cell health overall.
Both of these two fertility combinations have similarities as well as differences, but both have two primary purposes which are to balance hormones and to nourish and strengthen reproductive organs, both which usually need attention by those with PCOS infertility.
Another herb not yet mentioned but important to consider is Red Raspberry Leaf.
Red Raspberry Leaf is noted for bringing a healthy blood flow to the uterine lining, strengthening the uterus muscles and lining for a better environment once conception has taken place.
Another possible herb to consider is Evening Primrose Oil.
EPO increases the cervical fluid for those having difficulty with pcos and miscarriages.
Which herbs should you use, or how many different ones should you be concerned with? Talking with a licensed naturopathic doctor or an understanding medical doctor who incorporates “complimentary medicine”, (meaning a medical doctor who believes natural treatments or the extra assistance can be helpful to traditional medicine), will help you sort through all the various herbs that could be put to use.
It seems as if the Chasteberry Vitex seems to be the first and most popular herbal remedy for balancing hormones. If you take just Chasteberry, take it the first thing every morning, and keep taking it. While some feel they can contribute a pregnancy their first month of taking it, Vitex Chastberry is said to work better as you continue taking the herb. Most of the time though, it will take some time to correct your endocrine system enough to get pregnant.
I also believe, if you’re interested in a complete package of herbs covering all aspects of PCOS and fertility issues, you would probably receive sufficient help from the FertilPlus product. Here again though, talk to your doctor or naturopath.
Basically, the most important goal here is to research and discover what herbs you can use that will create and support hormonal balance.
Step Seven: Drink Green Tea and Sometimes Red Raspberry Tea.
As noted in the ingredients for Fertil Plus (mentioned above), green tea is a powerful support to Chasteberry. While not necessarily needed with Chasteberry, it is said to increase Chasteberry’s effectiveness in balancing hormones.
However, drinking green tea can be a very important step in increasing fertility. Green tea in and of itself is packed with antioxidants which build a strong cellular system and and which prohibit incorrect cell formations. It also provides amino acids important to cellular integrity.
Just as an additional benefit, many believe green tea helps combat cellular activity that can lead to cancers. Drinking green tea for cellular health overall just seems like one of the easiest and best things you can do for your body as well as to conceive a baby!
If you are not used to green tea, it’s easy to adjust by making iced tea with green tea bags, starting first with half of your regular tea bags and half green tea bags. You’ll very quickly find that, besides the slightly greener color (not green, just slightly greener), you won’t notice much of any difference in your iced tea, and you’ll be packing a dose of healthy support to you and your family tea-drinking members!
Additionally, you can also use some Red Raspberry Leaf tea bags mixed in with your green tea bags, but one or two substituted will do the trick, to make iced tea with a healthy twist and flavor change.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea provides muscle and circulatory support to the entire pelvic area and child bearing organs.
Adding some real Red Raspberry Tea Leaf bags to your green tea, or just simply making red raspberry leaf hot tea is a nice way to incorporate some of the health benefits of this herb. Make sure to look at the ingredients of any red raspberry leaf tea before you purchase it.
Some raspberry leaf teas are just flavored and do not have the actual herb. You may have to go to a whole foods grocery store, health food market, or to amazon to find a package of red raspberry leaf tea bags that has the real ingredient “red raspberry leaves”, but that is what you need to get any benefit from this pleasant addition to your healthy beverage drinks.
Step Eight: Start Using Healthy Fats, but Stop Drinking Caffeinated Sodas and All Coffee.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not only a very versatile cooking, baking, and salad oil, it’s just plain healthy. It’s especially healthy for women with PCOS trying to conceive.
First of all, extra virgin olive oil is a great cooking oil that is a low GI (glycemic index) food, so you are not increasing the insulin hormone that can cause other female hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance, detrimental to natural pcos treatment.
Olive oil is also good for blood flow and cell oxidation (cell aging and regeneration), both of which, when healthy, will help rebuild a previously damaged endocrine system. Bad fats will fill your system with insulin hormones, negatively altering your female hormones. Good fats will help your system align itself again.
Grapeseed oil is also high in antioxidants which can assist cellular functioning and which might be used in addition to olive oil.
Use extra virgin olive oil on salads, in dressing recipes, on vegetables, and on meats and fish. I bake and fry with extra virgin olive oil too and have had absolutely no difficulties using this grade of olive oil. I even put a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in my breakfast fruit smoothie or whey protein shake every morning.
Extra virginia olive oil is simply a great low GI and low acidic food, and it SHOULD be included in any diet, especially a diet which is leading to healthy cells, glands, and organs.
Fish oil or organic, natural fish oil supplements, flax seed oil, and eating oily fish can also be healthy fats that can be incorporated into a PCOS diet. Fish oil supplements have also been noted as having positive effects on PCOS symptoms which cause infertility.
Include extra virgin olive oil and quality fish oil or fish oil supplements to your diet everyday, and watch your fertility health soar.
However, while adding the right kind of fats can help heal your body overall, there is another area where you can draw away from a healthy diet.
Yuck, this is my least favorite step, but if you have PCOS and have been having difficulties getting pregnant, you really need to consider taking this step.
Eliminate or at least heavily decrease caffeine intake.
Many sodas and coffee drinks have stimulants in them which is some of the reason why we like them so much but which is also the reason they are bad, bad, bad for getting pregnant with PCOS.
Even some over the counter cold and flu medicines, tobacco, and alcohol contain stimulants.
Stimulants can weaken our immune system, jump kick insulin levels, and damage cell oxidation needed to carry healthy nutrients and hormones throughout our entire body.
Proper PCOS support comes in even the least thought of but sometimes ultra important areas sometimes.
Getting pregnant with PCOS naturally includes taking this step because stimulants can knock (you guessed it) hormones out of whack.
Need I say more on this step?
What are the chances of getting pregnant with PCOS?
There are lots of tips for getting pregnant with PCOS, and you’ll find that getting pregnant with PCOS naturally or with the assistance of a good physician or DO is a good possibility!
More tips on getting pregnant with PCOS in Part 3 of Getting Pregnant with PCOS, The Final Four!