When it comes to our bodies, nothing could be more complicated. When things work well, we don’t even notice them. But, when things are abnormal, our bodies can certainly take over all of our brain power. PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, can impact fertility and disrupt your hormones, even leading to stubborn acne and other troublesome symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about PCOS and what you can do about it.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a hormone-disrupting issue that causes a woman’s body to produce high levels of androgens. Androgens are generally thought of as male hormones, because men have much higher levels of androgens naturally than women do. Extremely high androgen levels in women interfere with the development of your eggs and their regular release, which means that your PCOS can lead to an unpredictable period.
How does it affect fertility?
High androgen levels caused by PCOS impact how your eggs develop. If a healthy egg is never released, then it obviously can’t be fertilized and you can’t get pregnant. PCOS can lead you to miss your period or just have irregular periods, which makes it hard for you to understand when you’re fertile.
How can I treat it?
For some women, gaining a lot of weight can affect their hormone levels in a negative way. So, losing weight (only if you’re overweight or obese), may help adjust your hormones back. In general, though, you can make better lifestyle choices to increase fertility as well. Eating a healthier diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, lowering stress or managing it in healthier ways, and controlling diabetes and other medical conditions generally can improve your fertility.
Remember, if your period isn’t happening on a regular basis, or you’ve already been diagnosed with PCOS, work closely with your doctor to see what you can do about it. If you want to get pregnant, talking with a fertility specialist is your best bet.
If you want to learn more, give us a call at (941) 745-5115 to schedule a consultation with one of our amazing providers about PCOS and your health.