Women with PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome struggle with infertility due to the fact that their menstrual cycles are irregular due to high levels of testosterone. And, aside from that, many women with the condition struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem because the condition does strip away their femininity. And, it does not matter whether the sufferer has a milder form of the condition or severe. Even in the mildest cases where the woman’s fertility is not terribly impacted by the PCOS, but she can still have adult acne and mild hair growth as well as thinning. That can easily cause self-esteem to plummet because that can easily make her self conscious. Women with more severe cases will usually need to have intense treatments when it comes to treating acne as well as removing excess hair through electrolysis which is inconvenient as well as costly. There is no doubt that PCOS is one of the most difficult conditions for any woman to have whether or not she plans to have kids.
However, the good news is, even though PCOS cannot be cured, it can be managed and treated and it does not always need to be treated by a doctor unless the case is quite severe. And, in order for that to happen, the one who has the condition needs to learn what to do in order to keep it manageable which can help them not only get pregnant but lose weight and no longer suffer from acne or excessive hair growth- which is also very common with PCOS. Below are the PCOS do’s and later on, the PCOS don’ts will be covered:
- Eat whole grains which provide the energy needed to function which is slowly released so it will not affect the blood sugar levels
- Eat fatty fish like salmon in order to get the essential fatty acids to help balance hormones, and avocados help with that as well
- Stick to full-fat dairy products which will also help regulate hormones
- Stick to dark leafy greens and other vegetables, as well as fruits in order to get the necessary vitamins and minerals to help with hormonal regulation
- Stock up on protein in order to help gain muscle which will help burn fat from eggs, poultry, and nuts
- Exercise a half an hour a day to keep the metabolism up and going and to reduce the risk of diabetes and other complications
- Take supplements that can help regulate hormonal levels as well such as chaste berry tree.
And, these tips will also be extremely helpful when the woman with PCOS plans to get pregnant because these foods are not only excellent for balancing out hormones but are very healthy for the unborn baby as well. And, it is always advised that women whether they have PCOS or not to be in an optimal weight range before conceiving. This way, pregnancy-related complications can be easily kept at bay. And, with that said, this means that women with PCOS, in particular, must avoid doing the following as well in order to keep the condition manageable:
- Do not eat simple sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and dextrose. This is what is found in white flour, candies, and sugary drinks. Even juice is not recommended to drink unless it is completely natural because this will only cause insulin and blood sugar levels to spike even further which will prevent ovulation from happening. Additionally, weight gain will be guaranteed.
- Stay away from trans fats which are man-made fats that are lurking around in fast food items, as well as in pastries, and in candies. This causes inflammation, especially in the reproductive system which will have a negative effect on fertility.
- Do not live a sedentary life – In order to prevent the metabolism from getting sluggish and in order to allow proper circulation in the body, it is always best to be active and not to live an inactive life.
As long as the women that have PCOS is able to stay consistent with utilizing the tips mentioned on a consistent basis, then there is a very good chance that they will not only be able to lose weight but start ovulating on their own and conceive. Of course, that also depends on the severity of the condition. In some cases, women with PCOS in the more moderate to severe cases will need to have extra fertility intervention in addition to making the necessary lifestyle changes in order to stay in good health.