Dealing with Infertility: Pregnancy with PCOS

When you have been trying to conceive for a long time, it is very normal to wonder: Why can’t I get pregnant? When this is the case, it is important to think of reasons that may be preventing you from getting pregnant.

One of the most common causes of infertility is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that includes symptoms of the irregular release of eggs for ovulation, sporadic menstrual cycles, and excessive androgen levels. The most common physical sign of PCOS is erratic periods, which can either be extremely infrequent or very heavy when they do occur. Elevated levels of androgen, a male hormone, can also lead women with PCOS to experience excessive hair growth, severe acne, and male-pattern baldness. Most women with PCOS also have consistently high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) in their system, so ovulation tests may also show false positive results.

If you have been trying for 6 months to get pregnant without success, you may want to get a PCOS diagnosis. It is important to have an understanding of your body in order to accommodate your fertility. Remember: while the process of getting pregnant may be more difficult with PCOS than that of women without this hormonal disorder, you are not alone. PCOS affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. Getting pregnant with PCOS is completely possible.

Women with PCOS should use multiple methods of fertility tracking for the most accurate results. Using ovulation tests, progesterone kits, cervical fluid charting, and basal body temperature charting together – or paired – the conception process can be made easier and less stressful, as this may piece together information that a single method cannot achieve. The double-check method is extremely necessary and helpful for women with PCOS to have the smoothest journey to pregnancy!