Getting Pregnant With PCOS – Your First Steps
Getting Pregnant With PCOS
Are you hoping to get pregnant but have been diagnosed or show symptoms of PCOS? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
This is the beginning of a series on getting pregnant when you’re dealing with PCOS, and we’re here to help you understand your chances of getting pregnant as well as provide some helpful information that will help you take the steps that will increase your chances of pregnancy.
You might be surprised to know getting pregnant may not be out of your reach after all!
Please read our three part series on what you’re dealing with, and begin incorporating some of our tips for getting pregnant with PCOS. After that, we sincerely hope you’ll be too busy with a baby to keep reading!
Best wishes, and good luck!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition up to ten percent of women deal with, and while PCOS and infertility sometimes go hand in hand, getting pregnant with PCOS can still be very possible if you know what to do.
Follow this list of twelve steps, and discover how to get pregnant even with this annoying but not insurmountable obstacle.
PCOS is a female disorder in which the system of glands in a woman’s body has begun function improperly, causing a hormonal imbalance within the woman’s body.
No one can be certain what might have started the body’s cellular system to go haywire, be it stress, illness, food additives, or impaired functioning from some other source, but the body is in a state of incorrect hormonal balance now.
While this can cause various problems such as irregular menstral cycles, either heavy, sporadic, or completely nonexistent; insulin resistance, weight gain, loss of hair on the head or too much hair on the face, and even multiple, small cysts in the ovaries, it’s the more-difficult ability to conceive that results from PCOS that is perhaps the most dreaded.
PCOS infertility is usually the result of the imbalanced hormones creating havoc on ovulation, sometimes creating a decrease of ovulations and sometimes causing no ovulation to occur at all.
Fortunately, for all the fears or frustration of PCOS infertility, there is just as much that can be done to improve your fertility, and while no one can be absolutely certain to get past this road block, you can certainly build yourself a big old truck that will hopefully get through the barrier if you are persistent enough to keep trying.
Getting pregnant even with a PCOS diagnosis can be a real possibility by following these steps which improve your endocrine system, thus correcting the hormonal imbalances which are causing your problems conceiving to begin with.
While never guaranteed, getting pregnant with PCOS is possible, but you need to take some steps to increase your chances of success!
Step One: Do a body cleanse or total body detox and continue doing so four times a year.
The endocrine, or body’s gland and hormonal system, regulates the body’s cells and metabolic functioning. The entire system works together in seemingly effortless orchestration like a beautifully perfected orchestra playing all the right parts in just the right places to create one beautiful work.
However, if a joker who didn’t know how to play music, or worse yet, several jokers, snuck into the concert hall and started adding their own sounds, the featured orchestra piece would be disrupted. This is what toxins from the environment do to our ever-so-organized endocrine system. Toxins throw nonsense into our body’s overall system which can add unwanted additions to our hormonal functioning, causing our body’s symphony to be out whack.
What’s worse is that toxins can slide into the very inner parts of our cells and remain hidden, but not necessarily dormant, for years.
Food additives, some chemicals used in everyday household products, grooming supplies, birth control pills, even car pollution, laundry bleach, or dorm room mold can all hide away in cells for a long time, sometimes years, causing cells to react in inappropriate ways or making it difficult for cells to do all they need to do within the body.
While it is impossible to live in a glass dome, and our bodies will be exposed to different pollutants, chemicals, and toxins in our everyday lives, do your cells a favor by removing the deadbeat musicians that live in your cells, blowing all sorts of ugly sounds from behind the curtains.
You will find many good body detox products which cleanses the liver, kidney, colon, blood, tissues, and basically all other organs and cells, all in one convenient package sometimes. Check to see if the body cleanse also removes heavy metal, another cellular contaminant, and be sure that it also replenishes friendly bacteria back into your system.
Doing a total body cleanse or body detox will remove the built up chemicals and contaminants in your body that are making your cells feel and act off beat in their hormonal balance act.
Step Two: Reduce pesticides, chemicals, and other toxins as much as possible.
Making a real effort to use as many natural or organic products as possible is a good way to reduce some of the toxins that filter into the body and then into the cells.
While shopping for organic only items may be costly, perhaps you can begin by purchasing organic fruit or being on the look out for natural body care products that do not cost an arm and a leg.
One great way to start lowering toxins in our life is to filter water if only with a low-cost filter which can easily be placed on the end of a kitchen faucet or on a shower head.
Another way to lesson toxic exposure is to opt for fewer processed foods and to make more of your own food yourself. Chicken salad is much better when made at home than it is when purchased from a supermarket deli counter, and the chicken salad made at home doesn’t have all the chemical preservatives.
Could you consider having an air purifier in your bedroom?
Even white vinegar can be used for many home cleaning projects, and finding home remedies from natural substances like organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice can greatly reduce exposure to those nasty, hormone altering chemicals while keeping cost down.
And if you smoke, just stop. The chemicals are hurting you, and your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS are going to be that much worse.
The goal here is go get the toxin level in your cells low enough for your body to begin producing the hormones needed to ovulate properly.
Reduce, and keep reducing, your exposure to toxins in your system, and you’ll be listening to only the perfect functioning of a better-working cellular orchestra making beautiful hormonal music.
Step Three: Take a high quality, organic whole food supplement every day.
Once you have greatly reduced or eliminated the poisoning chemicals and poisonous residue that have been hovering around in your cells playing havoc with your hormones, organs, circulatory system, and everything else they work against, step three is to begin taking whole food supplements every day.
Actually, to be clear, this is a step you can take right off the bat, very first thing, and I highly recommend this in fact. Taking whole foods in supplement form can provide SO many more green foods that we could ever eat, or want to eat quite frankly even, plus a whole food supplement encapsulates many fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, green foods, and antioxidants necessary to feed and rebuild healthy cells.
Did you realize that, as a woman and especially as a woman with PCOS, your cells are probably not getting the nutrients they need to react and respond correctly in this day and age? Most likely, your cells are starving for good and specific nutrients, and cells short of specific nutrients do not function well usually!
Chemically produced vitamin and mineral tablets are not going to get to your cells very well either, and in fact, many of the over the counter vitamin supplements have the very chemicals you are working so hard to get out of your system. While some natural vitamin and mineral sources may provide some benefits, your best source of providing the necessary nutrients your endocrine system needs is to include an organic whole food supplement every day.
I can not emphasize how important it is to take a nutritional supplement that will get to your cellular system! If your cells are just plain tuckered out, they are not doing what they need to do to regulate your system, and if that is happening, your hormones and consequently your ovaries will downright suffer.
In fact, without proper nutrients getting to your gland and then throughout your entire endocrine system, every one of your major organs, including your reproductive organs, will suffer some ability to function at their best, and some may not function at all.
Get rid of the toxins in your cells, and fill in those cells with healthy nutrients instead, ones that will work to get your glands regulating your hormones and your reproductive organs to do their daily and monthly work properly.
As an additional note, my favorite whole food supplement is Green Vibrance. It is organic, high quality, and has more nutrition than many of the other food supplements. It doesn’t taste so great with just water (it is affectionately called pond water by those who drink it with just water), but it is fine when added to a morning fruit drink or breakfast smoothie.
Nature’s Way Alive! Whole Food Energizer, while not as inclusive as Green Vibrance, also seems to be a good product that could be used at a lower cost.
If you are also asking ” Should I take vitamins ” too, it’s your choice. You will get a ton load of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from a product like Green Vibrance, but if you chose a lesser green drink product or whole food supplement, all natural vitamins can also provide some additional support.
Green Vibrance can be purchased in health food stores, whole food grocery stores, and, probably the cheapest way, on Amazon.
Nutritional supplements are a must for PCOS fertility. Just make sure you get ones that will fully support the endocrine system you are working so hard to correct.
Step Four: Eat a Low GI / Lower Carb Diet.
Whether your Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is causing an insulin resistance or your body has already been leaning towards insulin resistance and is causing the PCOS, PCOS and insulin resistance are closely correlated. They both can cause the other.
Basically what is happening is that insulin, one of the hormones in your body, is not regulating your body’s sugar levels; your body responds to some foods by producing high sugar levels, and high sugar levels (you guessed it) create an imbalance in your hormonal system that disrupts fertility.
Keeping your insulin levels at a normal range will offset the damage the PCOS is doing to your body’s entire system, especially including your reproductive organs and functioning.
Fortunately a lot is known about insulin resistance because this is the same situation diabetics deal with, and much research and many diets and recipes are available to help the PCOS woman regulate this insulin hormone so that all the fertility hormones will work correctly as well.
Eating a lower carbohydrate diet, eliminating white flour products, white potatoes, white rice, and sugar will go a long way in helping the body keep the body’s sugar response to a level where all the cells and hormones can work and balance together effectively.
You don’t have to follow a South Beach Diet or Atkins Diet to eat lower carb foods. You can certainly find some good recipes through these resources and other books or websites that focus on using fewer refined carbohydrates in foods though, and you can also find good recipes from diabetic cookbooks and recipe books that include foods that are low on the glycemic index.
Eating foods that have low glycemic levels, basically low on the glycemic index, is a lot what makes many low carb dieters lose weight too, weight loss being another goal a woman with PCOS and struggling with PCOS weight should be working towards.
By the way, while overweight women with PCOS have a more difficult time conceiving than those who are not overweight, losing just a few pounds can sometimes make the difference between getting pregnant and remaining childless.
However, while cutting down on the worse carb offenders can help in weight loss which can have a positive effect on hormones and fertility, the main goal here is to keep your blood sugar to a level where the insulin hormone is not counteracting what the reproductive hormones are trying to do inside the body.
What are the chances of getting pregnant with PCOS? There are lots of tips for getting pregnant with PCOS to come in my next post, and you’ll find that getting pregnant with PCOS naturally or with the assistance of a good physician or DO is a good possibility!