As the most common cause of infertility, PCOS impacts many women’s plans for their futures. In fact, many are not even aware they have PCOS unless they go through infertility. At Hormone University, we hope to bring more awareness about the PCOS-infertility connection so that you understand your body and are able to develop the best possible treatment plan for your needs.
Since PCOS is caused by high levels of androgens, or male hormones in the body, there is often hormonal imbalance that impairs ovulation and disrupts menstrual cycles. Because of this, the lack of regular ovulation can make it more difficult to conceive, resulting in infertility.
By managing your hormone levels and reducing risk of insulin resistance, you can increase your fertility chances despite having PCOS.
Some experts recommend taking progestin-only pills for about two months in order to help regulate your cycles. Other medicines such as Clomiphene, an anti-estrogen drug that helps regulate ovulation, can increase fertility chances as well. To reduce insulin resistance, medications such as Metformin can help the body absorb insulin more efficiently, thus reducing related PCOS symptoms.
Following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and tracking your menstrual cycle are all great natural ways to improve your chances of conceiving. Please consult your doctor before making any decisions about medications and remember, having PCOS doesn’t mean that you are unable to conceive!