PCOS Management Tips For Optimal Fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most common female hormone problems. The increased levels of male hormones – aka androgens – sabotage ovulation and make conception challenging.

About 40% of women with PCOS need assistance to get pregnant. When it comes to fertility, PCOS management is not just about regulating blood sugar.

There is a whole range of hormones we need to take care of and normalize if conception is going to happen and pregnancy will proceed normally beyond the 1st trimester.

For a personalized approach we need to take into account many lifestyle and diet factors of every woman and give targeted advice that apply to this woman specifically.

This is not a one-size-fits-all thing. Luckily, scientific research gives us several natural options for treating PCOS issues and improving your fertility.

Below I present 6 miracle “treatments” backed by solid scientific studies that I use as part of a more thorough fertility treatment for women with PCOS.

They may not be part of the standard protocol used to manage PCOS, but, trust me, when used right and in conjunction with proper diet, they are very

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effective!

6 “Miracle” Fertility Treatments For Women With PCOS

1. Abdominal Acupuncture

Researchers have found that the use of abdominal acupuncture can be beneficial for those that suffer from obesity-type PCOS.1

One study that examined patients before and after treatment found that this abdominal acupuncture improves metabolism and hormone balance.2

Another study found that it can also improve body mass index or BMI, your waist-to-hip ratio or WHR, and the frequency of menstrual cycle, which is great news for women with fertility issues due to an abnormal

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ovulation cycle.3

2. Vitamin D Supplementation

There is plenty of scientific research showing that there is a definite association between Vitamin D levels and the risk for PCOS development and severity of symptoms.4

Deficiency in vitamin D is a red flag for PCOS and getting enough of this miraculous vitamin is a significant first step for restoring fertility.5

However, supplementing with vitamin D is not enough to bring key reproductive hormones back to normal, which reflects perfectly the complex nature

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of this disease and the necessity for individualised approach.

3. Elevating Antioxidant Intake (Alpha Lipoic Acid)

PCOS goes hand in hand with increased oxidative stress in the body. This is why antioxidants are considered a reasonable and efficient tool for PCOS. Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant with confirmed therapeutic potential.

In a small pilot study, a group of lean, non-diabetic PCOS patients took this supplement for 16 weeks and researchers found improvements in fundamental PCOS parameters.6

More specifically, there were lower levels of triglycerides in the blood and better insulin response, both of which are of prime importance in achieving hormone balance for fertility.

The two women in this study that were not on a birth control also had an increase in the number of menstrual cycles, which is great news for fertility.

4. Inositol Supplementation

Women with PCOS often have a defective inositol metabolism, which further affects ovulation and reproductive health. It

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has been theorized and confirmed that supplementing PCOS women with inositol triggers ovulation and increases significantly pregnancy rates.7

Apparently inositol is really good at regulating the amount of insulin and glucose circulating in the bloodstream and is also capable of reducing the level of androgens and high blood pressure.8

In fact, inositol has been found to outperform metformin in normalizing glucose metabolism and helping with fertility!

5. Using Licorice Root/Extract

Licorice is not your average candy. It is in fact, a powerful medicinal plant, used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. In the case of PCOS, licorice has been shown to lower the levels of

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testosterone in the blood.9

Pretty cool for a candy! For a starter, this was considered an interesting point for addressing excess hair growth, aka hirsutism. But, if you think that androgens are also the source of many problems for ovulation too, licorice suddenly becomes a tool in restoring ovulation and helping with conception.

Will you restore your fertility with licorice alone? Almost certainly not. But, you have an additional natural way to boost reproductive health in PCOS patients, which when combined with more targeted treatments can make miracles happen!

6. Consuming Probiotics

Probiotics may not sound like something that would be beneficial for PCOS, but researchers are finding that many of the diseases and conditions that we are seeing today may have connections to the gut.

In one animal study, enriching the gut flora with beneficial symbiotic bacteria resulted in an increase in estrogen, improved menstrual cycles and levels of sex hormones, all extremely positive findings for fertility.

While

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we do not really know what exactly is creating this healthy change, we know that healthy microbiota is of monumental importance for overall health and, thanks to this preliminary research, for fertility as well.

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