PCOS and Pregnancy – Causes, Effects and How to manage it

PCOS and Pregnancy – Causes, Effects and How to manage it

A most common worry for women - Can I conceive naturally with PCOS ?

The most common question asked by women concerned with PCOS and Pregnancy are. 

  • Will PCOS cause infertility ?
  • Will PCOS affect me in getting pregnant naturally ?

Let’s look at these in detail.

Many a time women learn about the PCOS only when they try to get pregnant. Typically, women will face the challenge while trying to conceive naturally, and they will go to OBG who might look at ovulation and other symptoms, and detect that she has PCOS.

Why PCOS causes infertility ?

PCOS affects 1 in 10 women of the reproductive age and is one of the leading causes of infertility. PCOS causes hormonal imbalance. This hormonal imbalance impairs the development of eggs and ovulation. This leads to infertility or not getting pregnant.

Can you get pregnant naturally even after having PCOS?

For many women the answer is Yes. PCOS is a condition that can be reversed and brought under control. With right change in lifestyle, balancing your hormones and weight reduction where necessary, PCOS can be completely brought under control. Once under control, ovulation will regularise, egg quality will improve, and the chances of getting pregnant will naturally increase.

But, there are some women in whom PCOS cysts are too many and they are large in size. Chances of natural pregnancy in such cases are less. Fret not; there are alternate ways of getting pregnant like IVF, surgically removing cysts using technique called Ovarian Drilling.

Takeaway – Early detection and getting PCOS under control early is more effective in normalising ovulation and getting pregnant naturally

PCOS and Pregnancy care

Some women do get pregnant even with PCOS. There are few things to be careful about.

  1. Miscarriage
  2. Gestational diabetes
  3. High blood pressure etc.,

Please consult your doctor regularly if you are managing PCOS and pregnancy.

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