Getting Pregnant With PCOS – Overcome The Odds
Polycystic ovarian syndrome referred to as PCOS is unfortunately common for a large number of women and is a major reason for pregnancy issues. Please read on.
PCOS is the most usual hormone problem in fertile women and accounts for a high percentage of visits to an IVF doctor.
There are many names for PCOS, such as Syndrome X, and Metabolic Syndrome.
It is recognized by a boost of male hormones in the bloodstream, causing menstruation and acne, plus the ovaries have several tiny cysts which are a result of young follicles that did not grow to release an egg.
There are three benchmarks in the definition of PCOS
- Your blood test indicates increased male hormones we call Androgens.
- You show clinical signs of increased male hormones – this means having signs such as acne, or increased hair growth on your face or body called hirsuitism.
- You have irregular or no periods( i.e. menstrual bleeding)… this indicates limited ovulation (releasing of the egg from your ovary)
- You have a pelvic ultrasound showing at least one ovary to have many small cysts. It has to be 12 or greater cysts
Now for you to have been identified to having PCOS – you need to have 2 of the above 3 criteria.
You are advised to see your doctor or specialist for the diagnosis. They would listen to your story and ask specific questions relating to your menstrual cycle and skin condition. They would also want to know if you were wanting to get pregnant.
You’ll probably be asked about your family history, and if there’s any one else with the same problem?
The doctor would arrange for more tests, being:
- A pelvic ultrasound determining the appearance of your ovaries to see if they had the classic cystic picture.
- Blood test to examine hormones from your ovaries and brain
- Brain hormones: LH luteinising hormone, FSH follicle stimulating hormone
- Ovarian hormones: estradiol an estrogen
- Male hormones produced by the ovary: Testosterone, Androstenedione and free androgen index to see if they were raised above the normal levels.
- Associated tests with the insulin receptor and weight/BMI
Would You Like To Have A Baby?
To Boost Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant – Change To A Healthy Lifestyle
If you are truly serious about wanting to get pregnant, think about what’s happening in your life and what changes you can make for a healthy lifestyle. Look at the type of foods you are consuming, the amount of exercise you may or may not be doing, are you getting enough sleep? Are you the ideal weight at present for fertility? It’s not easy, but you will require the support from family and friends.
Start The Pregnancy Vitamin Called Folate
Have Minimal or no Alcohol
Look At What Medications Or Drugs You are Taking
Have The Appropriate Weight
Get Good Sleeping Habits
Look At Your Stress
Get The Recommended Antenatal Screening Tests
Recommended pre-pregnancy tests you need to have done include the following:
- Blood group and antibody screen
- Full blood picture – to rule out iron deficiency anaemia. If you are anaemic you will have trouble conceiving
- Rubella antibody status (also called German measles)- to make sure you are immune
- Chicken pox antibody status
- Syphilis screening
- Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and HIV screening
- Urine culture: This is a routine test where a sample of your urine will be sent to the lab to be tested for possible infection or glucose problems.
- Don’t miss having a pap smear test & Infection Screen
The best outcome for you is to become pregnant. There are many hurdles in life that prevent us from having the things we want the most. Perseverance and hard work sometimes are not enough. So if you need a little extra help from a fertility doctor