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5 Signs Of PCOS And How It Affects Fertility

The one thing that aspiring moms fear is that they will have problems getting pregnant which could take years to happen, or they fear the worst case scenario that they will not get pregnant at all. In the majority of cases, couples can successfully have their own biological children even if they do struggle for a long time with infertility. Only a small percentage of infertile couples are never successful with getting pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy which leads them to either adoption, fostering, or making peace that they will live a child-free life.  And, women can be infertile for a variety of reasons. However, the most common cause of infertility for women is when they have polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. PCOS is a result of high testosterone and high cortisol levels which causes other shifts in female hormones which can easily lead to infertility. The signs that any woman can have PCOS are:

1. Irregular or absent periods – Due to the hormonal imbalances that occurs in women with PCOS, more often than not, they do not ovulate properly and as a result, they end up having extremely irregular periods. If a woman is not properly ovulating, then that means she will not be able to get pregnant on her own.

2. Adult acne – Acne was one thing that you believed only happened to kids going through puberty due to fluctuating hormones. However, the increase in testosterone levels can easily cause adult acne which is extremely embarrassing for women with PCOS. And more often than not, acne caused by PCOS is not having the odd pimple here and there on the face. There are many pimples in the T- zone area on the face just like you would see it on a teenager going through puberty. Skin is also oily as a result.

3. Too much hair growth  – Hair that grows in areas on women that you would only see on men is also caused by PCOS. This term is called hirsutism and hair can grow on the face, on the arms, on the toes, on the buttocks, and on the back. And, the amount of hair growth that women who have PCOS experience can depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, there may be no excessive hair growth at all, or maybe a little bit of hair growing on the toes. In extreme cases, women can have that excessive hair growth all over her body and will end up having to rely on electrolysis to remove the excess hair which can be quite expensive.

4. Weight gain and difficulty with weight loss – Most women with PCOS are insulin resistant because of the high cortisol levels. This means that they not only have a slower metabolism as a result, but they can get hungry quite easily and can overeat which leads to weight gain. And, unfortunately, the affected metabolism can make weight loss more difficult as well. But with the best approach that would be advised by dieticians who can help women with PCOS, weight loss can be attainable.

5. Thinning hair – Another issue due to high testosterone levels that many women with PCOS have is that they end up with thinning hair, especially on the crown of their heads. They can almost become bald like men, and this is also an embarrassing symptom of PCOS.

And with that said, you would think that women with PCOS cannot get pregnant or would struggle with infertility for a long time. In some cases that is true, and in other cases that isn’t the case at all. Sometimes a change in diet in addition to fertility medication such as Clomid can help regulate hormonal levels and help bring ovulation on. Especially if the woman with PCOS is able to lose enough weight to help make that happen.

With that said, women with PCOS may struggle with infertility if it is moderate to severe. With milder cases, women may be able to get pregnant naturally even if they are ovulating on their own every 2 months. However, whether the affecter PCOS sufferer has a mild or severe case of the condition, they need to take care of their bodies in order to not only maximize their chances of getting pregnant but to make sure that they do not develop complications such as diabetes due to them being insulin resistant.  The takeaway is that even though PCOS is a challenging disorder, it can be treated and worked around when it comes to fertility.

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