September is PCOS Awareness Month so we’re going to discuss how PCOS relates to fertility and offer you some practical advice.
PCOS and Fertility
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders, affecting up to 1 in 10 women aged 15–49. September is PCOS Awareness Month so we’re going to discuss how PCOS relates to fertility and offer you some practical advice.
Thinking About Your Fertility
It’s common for people with PCOS to worry about how it will affect their fertility, even if they aren’t planning to become pregnant any time soon. Evidence suggests that most people with PCOS will be able to conceive, however, some will require fertility treatments. The good news is that there are several things that can be done to increase your chances of becoming pregnant:
🪟 Consider Your Fertile Window If you have PCOS you may ovulate less frequently, making it harder to know when your fertile window is (the time in your menstrual cycle when you’re most likely to become pregnant). The recommendation, therefore, is to aim to have sex every 2–3 days to ensure that you don’t miss it. You can also consider ovulation tracking as a way to understand when you are most fertile. Find out more about ovulation tracking here.
⚖️ Optimise Your Health Improving the hormone imbalance associated with PCOS can improve your chances of conceiving. We’ve produced a free course on PCOS that includes ways to manage your symptoms. Sign up here!
🩺 Visit Your GP Because PCOS can have an impact on fertility you should be eligible for further investigations and/or treatments once you’ve been trying for 6 months. Read more about accessing NHS care here.
💊 Understand Your Treatment Options The first line treatment option for people with PCOS is often medications that aim to restore ovulation. Read more about treatment options here.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you next Friday!