PCOS and fertility
19 Apr 2023
It’s common for people with PCOS to worry about how it will affect their fertility, even if they aren’t planning to become pregnant any time soon. Evidence suggests that most people with PCOS will be able to conceive, however, some will require fertility treatments. The good news is that there are several things that can be done to increase your chances of becoming pregnant:
If you have PCOS you may ovulate less frequently, making it harder to know when your fertile window is (the time in your menstrual cycle when you’re most likely to become pregnant). The recommendation, therefore, is to aim to have sex every 2–3 days to ensure that you don’t miss it. You can also consider ovulation tracking as a way to understand when you are most fertile.
Optimise Your Health
Improving the hormone imbalance associated with PCOS can improve your chances of conceiving.
Because PCOS can have an impact on fertility you should be eligible for further investigations and/or treatments once you’ve been trying for 6 months.
Understand Your Treatment Options
The first line treatment option for people with PCOS is often medications that aim to restore ovulation.