Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, which affects up to 20 per cent of Australian women. It became one of the most common causes of female infertility now.
PCOS can cause symptoms like infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excessive facial and body hair growth (hirsutism), weight gain, acne and so on. The signs and symptoms tend to vary from person to person. There is no cure for PCOS, but there are many methods you can use to improve your symptoms and help you get pregnant naturally.
1. Lose weight.
Weight management is important for women with PCOS. You do not need to lose weight if your body mass index is already considered “normal” or “healthy,” but if you are overweight, even a small decrease in your weight can help balance your hormones and induce the ovulation.
2. Partake in regular, moderate exercise.
Regular exercise can help you maintain your weight and relieve your stress, but in addition to that, physical activity itself can help your body lower blood sugar levels and improve your symptoms. Low-impact exercises like yoga, light jogging, swimming and strength training are good choices. If you have difficulty fitting exercise into your schedule, start by walking 30 minutes a day on four to seven days each week.
3. Watch your diet.
Since PCOS limits your body’s ability to regulate insulin, maintaining stable blood sugar and insulin levels can be important.
Eat moderate amounts of high-quality carbohydrates—vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains as well as lean proteins—poultry, seafood, lean beef or lean pork, eggs, low-fat dairy, nuts and seeds.
Avoid overly processed foods or foods with added sugar. Quit smoking. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake.
4. Track your ovulation.
PCOS causes many women to have infrequent periods. Infrequent periods mean infrequent ovulation, which means lower chances of sperm fertilizing an egg. Chart your period, using the urine ovulation tests and basal body temperature thermometer to track your ovulation and try to time intercourse to occur on your most fertile days.
5. Take some medication.
The biggest problem women with PCOS face is irregular ovulation. Many doctor prescribe drugs like Metformin and Clomid to help produce regular periods and regulate ovulation, respectively.
Clomid is an infertility drug that stimulates the production of hormones that cause ovulation. You can take it at the beginning of your menstrual cycle to limit the amount of estrogen produced by the body. The lower level of estrogen in your body is often enough to stimulate ovulation.
Metformin is a medication usually used to treat type 2 diabetes, but there is strong evidence suggesting that it often helps with PCOS symptoms as well. The medication can improve the way your body uses insulin, thereby regulating blood sugar levels in your body. It can also lower the presence of male hormones in the body. As a result, abnormal hair and acne slows, your menstrual cycle can become more regular, and your ability to ovulate may return.
6. Try Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture to help women suffering from PCOS balance hormone levels, decrease insulin resistance and lose weight in order to improve their ovulation and boost fertility. Find and Visit an experienced and qualified acupuncturist for treatments.