PCOS – How to boost your chance of ovulation and conception
Not having a period sounds great, until you’re trying to have a baby, then suddenly you find yourself praying for your monthly flow, anything to show that your are ovulating and can conceive.
So what do you do if you’re not regular, or not ovulating at all? What if the medication you’re taking to ovulate isn’t working?
Just in case this is all new to you. PCOS is an endocrine disorder that is characterized by anovulation (no ovulation), excess androgens (acne, facial hair growth etc…) and insulin resistance (essentially meaning your body doesn’t metabolize sugars/starches as well as the average female).
The good news is that PCOS responds well to lifestyle, diet changes and acupuncture, so you can make a difference!
Here are a few things you can do to improve your chances of ovulating, and improve your chance conceiving:
• Kick start you metabolism by starting your day with protein. Some good options are: Eggs, nut butters, cooked quinoa, protein shakes (avoid soy and whey protein, try to stick to hemp, rice or pea protein if possible)
• Maintain your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Make sure you add a little bit of protein and fat with each meal and eat every 4 hours.
• Get most of your calories for the day before 6pm. A recent study showed that women with PCOS who switched their largest meal to breakfast and their smallest meal to dinner, actually had an increase in natural ovulation.
• Exercise effectively. Exercise is good for your health and can help increase your chances of ovulation, but did you know that the type of exercise you do matters? Strength training and weight bearing exercises combat insulin resistance more effectively than cardiovascular exercise alone. So create a 30 minute daily workout that incorporates cardio and strength training. Include your partner or a friend and remember to mix it up for fun and help to keep you motiviate.
• Get Acupuncture. At Acubalance we have a PCOS program that can reset your menstrual cycle, get you ovulating again and improve your chances of conceiving. Clinical studies show that acupuncture (following the PCOS programl) two or more times a week; Facilitates weight loss, increases insulin sensitivity, reduces blood glucose and lipid levels, regulates endocrine, neuroendocrine, and metabolic disturbances, increases endorphins, boosts immune function and improves blood flow to the ovaries.
Remember, PCOS is highly treatable. So whether you want to take control of your cycle naturally, or you want to boost the efficacy of your medicate (clomid) cycle, diet, exercise and acupuncture may be your key to success.