Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Natural Ways To Conceive With PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition that affects millions of women. If you are trying to conceive  with PCOS, you are not alone. Conceiving a baby is more difficult for women with PCOS, and you can run into more obstacles along the way. But is it impossible to get pregnant naturally with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? For many women, the answer is “No”!

The fact that PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women, and that a large number of women with this condition are anovulatory, meaning that they do not ovulate naturally, is hard to ignore. But there are things that you can do to make pregnancy more likely.

If you have PCOS and are obese, losing weight can help increase your chances of conceiving naturally. With the help of a dietician or nutritionist, you can come up with the perfect diet to help you lose weight and boost your fertility. There are foods that improve the function of insulin, and can help stimulate ovulation in PCOS patients. 

Most women with PCOS who do succeed in getting pregnant do so with the help of fertility drugs that work by stimulating ovulation. Clomid is the most popular of these drugs, and it is very effective. But for those who want to try a more natural approach, herbs that stimulate ovulation offer hope. 

Chasteberry, commonly known as vitex, is often prescribed to PCOS patients by herbal practitioners, though some have raised questions as to whether vitex is appropriate for women suffering from PCOS. At the same time, many women report that vitex normalized their cycle. 

Dong gui, or Chinese Angelica, can be used to treat irregular cycles in combination with other herbs, such as peony root. Black cohosh is sometimes used to regulate hormone production in PCOS patients, as does dandelion root. If you suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and are interested in trying herbal remedies to regulate your menstrual cycles and attempt to stimulate ovulation, seeing a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or a naturopath, should be your first step. 

After using your prescribed herbal treatment for a while, you can start monitoring your menstrual cycle, and determine whether you are now ovulating, with the help of an ovulation calendar  and ovulation predictor kits. Herbal treatment does work for some PCOS patients, and it might help you get pregnant. If you find that herbal treatment has not made a difference for you, there are always more conventional ways of helping women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome conceive. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this information. I'm going to try to Vitex and see what happens from here. I am very irregular...I may have 1-2 menstrual cycles each year and my cysts have increased in number.