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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 1 in 10 women of child-bearing age. Polycystic ovaries contain many small cysts just below the surface of the ovaries. PCOS can have several different manifestations, but most women experience irregular, unreliable ovulation and menstrual periods. This condition often leads to trouble getting pregnant.
A PCOS diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never have a baby of your own. There are ways to manage symptoms, boost ovulation and maximize chances of conception.
Lead a Healthy Lifestyle.
By staying active and eating properly, your body can regulate hormones and insulin levels. A healthy lifestyle typically leads to a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI), which can improve ovarian function. Also consider talking with your doctor about taking vitamins and supplements for managing certain symptoms.
Communicate with your partner.
While this may not directly affect your symptoms, PCOS affects both you and your partner. Tell your loved one that you need their love and support. PCOS can cause mood swings and depression and some medications may cause side effects. If your partner knows this in advance, they can better prepare to support you. If you’re trying to lose weight to manage your PCOS symptoms, ask your partner to join you in pursuing a healthier lifestyle. We suggest hitting the various hiking trails around Spokane and the Inland Northwest together!
Visit a Fertility Specialist.
Once you’re ready to start a family, see a fertility specialist right away. The team at Spokane’s Center for Reproductive Health will walk through all the options with you, so you can make the best decisions for your future family. There are several different medications and treatments to encourage ovulation and increase your chances of getting pregnant and staying pregnant.
Struggling to have a baby can be one of the most difficult side effects of PCOS. At Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Robins utilizes innovative technology and over 20 years of experience to help you reach your goal of a healthy pregnancy. If you have questions about getting pregnant with PCOS, or want to come in for a free nurse consultation, call the Center for Reproductive Health at (509) 462-7070.