What is PCOS?
PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects fertility levels. This week a Perth-based blogger Fight Against Fat posted a very real and honest description of what its like to live with PCOS.
Hi my name is Tina and I have Polycystic ovary syndrome. As well as depression, anxiety, infertility, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, bloating, abdominal pains, acne, cysts, increased risk of cancer and everything else, a lot of women including myself have to deal with facial hair!
Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?......
.....If you feel you may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome please don't be afraid to reach out and seek medical advice, it's a hard battle but as soon as you get diagnosed the sooner you can manage your symptoms xx
PCOS and Fertility
PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility. Some women don't have all of the classical symptoms so many go undiagnosed or are put into the 'unexplained infertility' category.
The most common symptom is irregular or absent periods. This tends to run in families so your chances of having it are higher if other women in your family have irregular periods.
Most women with PCOS grow small cysts on their ovaries. These cysts are not harmful but they lead to hormone imbalances. Because all of our hormones are connected, if one is out of sync then it can throw the rest out of sync too. For example, the ovaries normally make tiny amounts of male sex hormones (androgens). Women with PCOS tend to make more androgens which can stop ovulation and cause the growth of extra body hair.
Women with PCOS also have problems with insulin resistance making them at an increased risk of developing diabetes.
How to get a diagnosis?
There are a number of different ways to get a diagnosis. It is a complex condition that can often be difficult to diagnose particularly if you do not suffer with the 'classical symptoms.' The best way to diagnose it is to have the following carried out by a fertility specialist:
The size of each ovary is measured along with the total number of 'Antral Follicles' present on each ovary.
Analysis of hormone levels. An AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) blood test is used by fertility clinics to diagnose PCOS in addition to a Transvaginal ultrasound.
Can I get pregnant naturally with PCOS?
Yes, it is possible to get pregnant naturally as long as you ovulate. With accurate cycle tracking it is possible to increase your chances of conceiving naturally.
My 28 Day natural Fertility Programme is very successful for women suffering with PCOS because I will teach you how to determine if you are ovulating or not. Women with PCOS may not ovulate every month so its important to be able to identify the months when you do ovulate and time intercourse correctly to maximise your chances of success.
Leave a comment below and let me know if you have been affected by PCOS.