BUMP® Fertility for Women with PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of lowered fertility in women and is often poorly diagnosed. PCOS refers to multiple cysts on the ovaries. Women suffering from this condition may also have varying degrees of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and an increased incidence of Type II diabetes, high cholesterol and elevated androgen levels. These are all contributing factors to lowered fertility and a poor response to IVF.
If you suffer from PCOS you may:
- Stop ovulating, or it becomes infrequent
- Have trouble falling pregnant
- Experience excess hair on the face and body
- Suffer from acne
- Suffer from high cholesterol for no reason
- Gain weight steadily for no real reason
- Suffer mood changes & thinning hair
- Have irregular or painful periods or they may stop altogether
There are many reasons why you will have difficulty falling pregnant naturally with PCOS such as hormone imbalance, elevated insulin, medication, oestrogen dominance or even your genetic composition. All of these reasons and more affect you natural fertility in different ways but because there is no ‘quick fix’ for PCOS many factors come into play. It is overly simplistic, however, to focus only on insulin or rely on a fad diet or drug, such as metformin or clomid, as a plan to improve your fertility.
How can BUMP® improve your chance of conceiving with PCOS?
Affecting about 6-12% of women in reproductive age, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a "basket" of different medical conditions, with one finding in common: polycystic ovaries (PCO). In polycystic ovaries, multiple small cysts appear along the outer capsule of the ovaries on ultrasound imaging. PCOS is often associated with infertility, because of anovulation (lack of ovulation) and amenorrhea (lack of menstruation). However, with proper fertility treatments, PCOS patients can usually get pregnant with their own eggs.
PCOS has many variations and has wide-ranging phenotypes (clinical presentations) and associated problems. However, PCOS does have one common characteristic: multiple small cysts aligned along the outer capsule of the ovaries, with an appearance of a chain of pearls on ultrasound. Those little "pearls" are the so-called preantral follicles. Antral follicles are at a very early stage of follicle (egg) maturation. In PCOS patients, follicles and eggs stop developing at the preantral follicle stage. As a consequence, women with PCOS rarely reach ovulation, in which a mature egg would be released from the ovary for potential conception.
Women with PCOS also often (though not always) do not have regular menstrual cycles. Affected women often experience prolonged periods between menstruations, a condition called oligo-amenorrhea. Anovulation and oligo-amenorrhea are frequent characteristics of PCOS. Since a woman cannot conceive without ovulation, PCOS infertility is one of the most common types of female infertility.
For the best chance of falling pregnant with PCOS, you need a collaborative approach to fertility, incorporating a broad and extensive array of health and medical support services. This is what we offer at BUMP®.
If you have PCOS or think you do, take heart in realizing there are many things you can do to dramatically improve your odds of falling pregnant naturally. Like any condition related to hormone imbalance, improving your lifestyle and using a fertility diet plan for women tailored to your hormonal profile can restore your health and help you fall pregnant naturally and enhance your chances of conceiving on IVF.