Fertility

Can fertility supplements improve PCOS?

In partnership with Beli  |  5 Sep 2023


How can fertility supplements improve PCOS?

In the UK, 1 in 10 women are affected by PCOS and in the US, 15% of women of reproductive age have the condition.

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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What is PCOS?

PCOS is the most common hormonal imbalance in women of reproductive age, leading to the development of cysts in the ovaries. This can affect ovulation and result in irregular or missed periods, and whilst PCOS can cause fertility issues, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get pregnant. In some women with PCOS, the egg might not develop properly, in other women it may not be released during ovulation, making conception a little harder.

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What causes PCOS?

The exact cause of PCOS is still unknown, but hormone and reproductive experts think there are a couple of factors increasing the likelihood of PCOS.

  • Androgens – these are “male hormones” that all women have, it’s just that women with PCOS have more androgens than the normal range for women. The increased level of androgens can interfere with the release of eggs from the ovaries during a cycle. (This is also a reason some women with PCOS have excess hair growth on the chin and face.)
  • Too much insulin – Many women with PCOS are insulin-resistant which means their body’s cells don’t respond to insulin the way they should. This leads to a higher level of insulin in the blood.

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How to Manage Symptoms of PCOS?

Some common symptoms of PCOS can be managed by adopting lifestyle changes. There seems to be a correlation (although this does not imply causation) between overweight or obese women and women with PCOS. Women who are overweight or obese and who also have PCOS are at a higher risk of insulin resistance so taking up exercise and following a healthy diet are effective ways of regulating the menstrual cycle and boosting fertility.

Getting Pregnant with PCOS

If you’re TTC and wondering how to get pregnant with PCOS, adopting a fertility-friendly diet, taking regular, moderate exercise and quitting smoking and drinking alcohol will make a big difference to your overall health. Your fertility specialist might suggest taking specific medication to suppress the androgens or increase insulin uptake and they may recommend certain fertility treatments to increase your chances of conception.

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Limited time offer: Get 30% off their entire range with code Ribbon30 (offer ends Wednesday 6th September, 2023)

Fertility Supplements for PCOS

Whether you’re trying to conceive or not, high-quality fertility supplements with specific ingredients can help women with PCOS. These are the ingredients to look out for that have been clinically proven to address problems caused by PCOS:

  • Vitamin D – Research has shown that taking the appropriate dose of Vitamin D is associated with an improvement in hormonal functioning among women with PCOS.
  • Zinc – Supplementing with zinc can support the problems of insulin resistance in women with PCOS.
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 – These B vitamins optimise hormonal balance in women with PCOS and also help to reduce inflammation.
  • Magnesium – Research has suggested that women with magnesium deficiencies are 19 times more likely to also suffer from PCOS. Considering that low magnesium levels can make insulin resistance worse, supplementing with magnesium may help women with PCOS.
  • Folate – The active form of folate supports the metabolic profiles PCOS sufferers, research has shown.
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Beli WOMEN contains all the ingredients you need to support your body for fertility, including if you suffer from PCOS.

Getting pregnant with PCOS isn’t impossible yet because it’s still a fairly-misunderstood condition, you might have to go through a time of trial and error to work out what helps you. Speaking with your fertility specialist and considering additional support from a nutritionist who specialises in PCOS will help you optimise your body for fertility – PCOS or not!

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Limited time offer: Get 30% off their entire range with code Ribbon30 (offer ends Wednesday 6th September, 2023)

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