Getting pregnant naturally with PCOS is possible, but it was definitely not easy. Ever since I was a teenager, fertility specialists told me it is harder for me to get pregnant with PCOS. Since I have no cycles, I do not ovulate, which meant that I could not plan sex or even know the days that I was most fertile (that’s if I ever was!)
Whether or not it is possible to get pregnant with PCOS was a big concern of mine. Once my husband and I were ready to try to have babies, I stopped taking birth control and I waited for around a year before we started fertility treatments (fertility supplements and drugs). I did five rounds of Clomid, but sadly it didn’t work for me and I had one chemical pregnancy in the five months of us trying to conceive.
Finally, when I decided to take my focus OFF getting pregnant, and instead on getting healthy and restoring my hormonal balance, in order to (someday) get a period, I started taking natural, fertility supplements for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. This was supposed to help me ovulate and start having periods again, but I got pregnant instead, before even getting a period! It was super surprising and such a blessing.
When I’d initially intended to get pregnant, some doctors had told me that once I stopped taking birth control it might take up to a year to get my cycles back, so I’d tried that at first, but they never came back. Then, I’d started taking metmorfin on its own, but I didn’t ovulate either. Clomid made me ovulate in one out of five cycles – I still didn’t manage to get pregnant. I’d begun to wonder if you can even get pregnant naturally with PCOS until I took a combination of natural supplements and fertility drugs including inositol, melatonin, VITEX, and a few others, and I then had a successful pregnancy.
While I don’t think that shifting my focus away from getting pregnant was what made the biggest impact on my fertility, the change in pressure definitely contributed. Everything I tried had a hand in the success of getting pregnant. I definitely think that taking the pressure off can help — and I’ve seen so many stories of women that, once they stop trying, actually manage to get pregnant. I could understand why — there’s nothing more stressful than counting down the days, tracking your temperature to detect ovulation and monitoring every body change. Taking that pressure off helped with the mental part of pregnancy but I do think that you can also get pregnant naturally with PCOS, with the use of supplements, fertility drugs and whole body health too.
I have always been super healthy. I have had balanced, whole food and healthy meals for years, but I would not say this was the ultimate change that caused my pregnancy. What I did in the last few months before getting pregnant, was take fertility supplements and change my mindset. I would say that the most important things that helped me to get pregnant were:
- Focusing on changing my mindset to de-stress
- Living a healthy lifestyle with the right nutrition
- Taking fertility supplements
Some of the supplements I used to improve fertility were vitex, omega 3, inositol (in the 40:1 ratio), melatonin, dandelion root, folic acid and a good multivitamin. I made these part of my every-day routine and started implementing them little by little. Roughly six months before getting pregnant, I started with some of these and then every month I’d add around two more I had recently discovered, and so on, until I had a complete routine. I did sometimes feel very weird taking so many fertility supplements, but I thought it was worth a try and in the end it was.
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