PCOS and fertility with zita west

Your personal PCOS and fertility toolkit, with team Zita West

PCOS and fertility - where do we go from here? This condition affects one in ten people with ovaries, and is one of the most common causes of infertility, the NHS says.  But, you absolutely can get pregnant with PCOS, and when it comes to optimizing your fertility, it turns out there’s a lot you [...]
Can fertility supplements improve PCOS

Can fertility supplements improve PCOS?

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) brings with it a host of troublesome symptoms and some women don’t realise they have PCOS until they’re trying (and failing) to conceive. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS, including taking high-quality fertility supplements with specific ingredients.

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Top 5 recommended exercises for improving fertility

Exercises for fertility - choose what works for you Moderate exercise has been known to provide numerous health benefits, including improvement to fertility through reducing cortisol levels and improving ovulation and circulation of blood to the reproductive organs.  But, when going through clinical fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF, women are often advised to [...]
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Endometriosis vs PCOS – Take the quiz

Do I have PCOS or endometriosis? Words by Jessie Day Endometriosis and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) both affect around 10% of women, during their reproductive years. While there are some shared symptoms – including heavy periods, pelvic pain and difficulty getting pregnant – these are two very different conditions. It’s also possible to have ‘silent’ endometriosis [...]
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From thyroid to surrogacy – 2022 wrapped with Laurel Fertility Care

Twelve months of incredible support and expertise, from one of California’s best fertility clinic groups. Laurel Fertility Care are the go-to specialist care providers for so many intended parents, parents-to-be and families - here’s what we’ve learned across 2022.  Set the agenda for 2023 - we’re asking our Insta community what they’d like to see [...]
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PCOS and endometriosis – can I have both?

PCOS and endometriosis are two of the most common conditions affecting female fertility. Around one in 10 people in the UK have either PCOS or endometriosis, which is an incredibly large number. Many of us are handling daily discomfort, fertility challenges and severe pain.  But given they’re very different, what’s the recommended approach if you [...]
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AMH and PCOS: What’s the Connection?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders. Despite this, it’s hard to diagnose, as symptoms of PCOS - such as heavy or irregular periods, acne, excessive hair growth, and weight gain - are often just as easily connected to other conditions.  We picked up with Innovative Health Diagnostics CEO David [...]

Infertility – The Infinite Loop of Hope and Heartbreak

Anyone experiencing infertility or fertility problems knows that the journey to parenthood can be an endless cycle of hope, disappointment and drawing on diminishing energy reserves. We know that going through fertility treatment requires a positive yet realistic outlook, which can be difficult to have when trying to conceive with no success. That's why we [...]

5 Tips for PCOS Weight Loss

Anybody with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) knows that weight gain is a common symptom. Why?  Because PCOS makes the body more resistant to insulin - the hormone that helps convert sugars and starch from foods into energy. Whilst not all women with PCOS will gain weight, maintaining a healthy weight can sometimes be more difficult [...]

Follow These 6 Tips to Help You Get Pregnant with PCOS

Struggling to conceive is not uncommon and one in eight couples experience fertility issues. At Fertility Help Hub, we know that for some people, fertility problems come from hormonal complications (like PCOS or endometriosis) and these conditions make getting pregnant frustrating and seem impossible. But don't fret. If you're trying to conceive naturally or considering [...]

Should I Get a Second Opinion on my Fertility Treatment?

Whether you’re TTC or exploring fertility preservation options, you might be wondering whether to get a second, third or fourth opinion and discuss treatment plans, progress and hurdles with anyone who’ll listen (or was that just me?!).  But how do you know when you should get a second opinion?  And what if you’re given conflicting [...]

How to Get Pregnant with PCOS

If you’re worried about how PCOS affects fertility and wondering “how can I get pregnant with PCOS?” you’re not alone!  Around one in 10 women of child-bearing age suffer from PCOS and many will be thinking about the impact of PCOS on fertility.  To connect and share experiences with others affected by this condition, download [...]

Track your Hormone Pattern to get Pregnant Faster

Hormones control so much about us, from our mood to our physical characteristics and, very obviously, our fertility. Having a fuller understanding of how monitoring your hormone levels can better your chances of a successful conception may shorten the time that you need to wait to get pregnant. Fertility Help Hub has asked Mira Fertility [...]

Rebel Wilson’s Fight for IVF Success and Hope

Particularly when it comes to healthcare, professionals endeavour to give impartial advice but this isn’t always the reality.  Unfortunately, some people - including celebrity Rebel Wilson - experience medical bias which can impact treatment pathways and results. Read on to find out how Rebel Wilson overcame medical bias on her fertility journey... By Holly Pigache [...]

PCOS Management and Fertility Treatment

In honour of PCOS awareness month this September, Fertility Help Hub have asked Laurel Fertility Care to take a deeper look at the diagnosis that affects so many. PCOS affects 1 in 10 of women of child-bearing age and yet it is still hard to diagnose. Perhaps LFC's educational article on PCOS below will help [...]

How To Help Improve PCOS Symptoms and Fertility

PCOS affects 1 in 10 women in the UK and 15% of women in the US. Over 70% of women are unaware that they have the condition, as PCOS is one of the most under-diagnosed, underfunded and neglected areas of healthcare. When you are trying to conceive with PCOS, it can be incredibly difficult to [...]

Why Are People Painting Their Nails Purple For PCOS?

Many conversations around infertility and reproductive disorders are often considered taboo, leaving those who struggle with conditions like PCOS in the dark about their condition and feeling isolated. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women in the UK of reproductive age have PCOS, 70% of whom are unaware that they have the condition and [...]
How I Conceived Naturally with PCOS Against the Odds

How I Conceived Naturally with PCOS Against the Odds

It can be a lot harder to get pregnant when you have been diagnosed with PCOS, which makes your trying to conceive journey all the more difficult, especially when a successful pregnancy seems like an anomaly. The big question we're all thinking: is can you conceive naturally with PCOS? The Ribbon Box have reached out [...]

3 Powerful Nutrients you Need to Optimise your Fertility

Nutrition, along with lifestyle tweaks and exercise, can have a great impact on your reproductive health whilst trying to conceive. That being said, it is hard to know where to begin, especially if all your life you have stuck to one diet. Sometimes, it is best to start small (by trying things like fertility vitamins) [...]

The Reality of Fertility #FertilityUnspoken

THE REALITY OF FERTILITY #FERTILITYUNSPOKEN WATCH EPISODE ONE - TRYING TO CONCEIVE We're excited to bring you the 1st episode in the series ‘The Reality of Fertility #FERTILITYUNSPOKEN’. This is a 5-part series with four women from across the globe with four different fertility journeys, who share the ups and downs…. Episode 5 will include people [...]

Moving on to Donor Sperm – Morgan and Wyatt’s Journey to Baby H

Morgan Honeyman, AKA @Journey2babyH, features on Fertility Help Hub today, sharing her PCOS diagnosis, her husband’s low sperm count issues, plus how COVID-19 complications have impacted their fertility journey to date. Words by Morgan @themohoney You could ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I've always wanted to be a mom. Even at [...]

Rebecca’s IVF Struggle with PCOS and Endometriosis

A lovely reader of Fertility Help Hub, Rebecca, has kindly shared her story. We are all about community and know from our readers just how much hearing about people’s experiences can be as helpful as hearing from fertility specialists. Rebecca shares her IVF Journey with PCOS and Endometriosis, where she discusses what she did to [...]
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Inositol and PCOS – what’s the link?

Is there an inositol PCOS fertility connection? We’ve heard that inositol may be good for PCOS and fertility, so we’ve turned to partner nutritionist, Kirsten Oddy, to find out about any benefits of inositol for PCOS and fertility, as well as dosage. www.kirstenoddy.com |  @kirstenoddynutrition Before you read Snap 10% off our editor’s pick fertility inositol supplement – Inositol [...]

Conceiving with PCOS – 11 Things that Helped us

  If you’re looking for some help with your fertility when trying to conceive with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), then read on to find out what helped dietician and pilates instructor, Jodie to get pregnant. Over to Jodie… www.balancedjo.com | @balanced_jo The Diagnosis When I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early twenties, I was […]

New Fertility Course – ‘Finding Female Balance’ with Kirsten Oddy

We know first-hand just how important holistic wellbeing is when TTC (trying to conceive). We regularly feature nutritional advice on foods that help with fertility, and that’s why we’re excited to hear from our partner nutritionist, Kirsten Oddy, about her brand new virtual course, ‘Finding Female Balance’ . Would you like to regain control of [...]

IVF Blog – Pregnancy after IVF

  Earlier this year in March, we featured YouTube blogger, Nicole’s heart-breaking story. Like thousands of others, they had their fertility treatment stalled by the dreaded Covid-19. We’re delighted to be sharing hope in this IVF blog, as Nicole is now finally pregnant, after years of failed IVF cycles and unsuccessful fertility treatment. Over to […]

Fertility Blog – Jade’s PCOS Struggles

September has been PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) awareness month, therefore we felt it incredibly important to speak with someone who is experiencing PCOS struggles first-hand. This fertility blog article will delve into the important topic of PCOS which can affect many women when trying to conceive. Say hello to Jade’s, as she talks openly about [...]

Losing Weight Before Pregnancy – Fighting PCOS

    Sometimes when we’re embarking on our journey of trying to conceive, fertility specialists can advise us to lose weight in order to start our fertility treatment. It’s not unusual for people to need or want to lose weight before pregnancy. This is not always the case, but if it’s what your fertility specialist […]

PCOS Nutrition for Natural Conception Support

PCOS nutrition for natural conception support

PCOS affects approximately 1 in 5 women in the UK and is the most common cause of infertility in women – but when it comes to getting pregnant with PCOS, taking a natural approach can be successful in helping you conceive. So with this in mind, we asked nutritionist Kirsten Oddy her thoughts.

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PCOS Q&A – Your questions answered, with the Women’s Wellness Centre

We recently asked the Instagram TTC community what they wanted to hear more about and the resounding response was PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). For those who may not be aware, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem which affects approximately 1 in 10 women. That’s huge! With so many of you wanting to know more [...]

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