Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition related to an imbalance of reproductive hormones. This causes many women with PCOS to experience hormonal imbalance and issues with their metabolism. If you have PCOS, you may already be aware that it is a common cause of infertility. However, this does not render pregnancy completely impossible. Since its symptoms often include irregular menstrual cycles and weight fluctuations, it can be difficult to tell when you’re pregnant if you have PCOS. Some early pregnancy signs are similar to the symptoms of PCOS. Therefore, it may be a good idea to take a pregnancy test and gather information about your options if you’ve recently engaged in sexual intercourse and have PCOS.
Do you suspect you may be pregnant, but you’re uncertain because you may have PCOS? Avenue Women’s Center offers unexpected pregnancy support at no cost. We provide free, medical-grade pregnancy tests, accurate just ten days after possible conception and private options consultations. Receive reliable information about abortion, adoption, and parenting. We’ll listen to any of your concerns about being pregnant with PCOS, working with you to connect you to the correct next steps.
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What Causes PCOS?
While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, some experts believe genetics can play a role. It’s also thought that women with PCOS make more androgens – sometimes called male hormones – than usual. If your androgen levels are high, then it may not be easy for your ovaries to release an egg (ovulation) when you menstruate. This can make it harder for your body to become pregnant. Insulin resistance may be one of the causes behind PCOS as well. Many women who have PCOS report having higher insulin blood levels than normal.
How Is It Still Possible to Get Pregnant With PCOS?
The hormonal imbalances tied to PCOS often interfere with ovulation, which may cause infertility. Therefore, it can be a good idea to discuss with a doctor which methods you can use to track your fertility window. Some women who have PCOS assume birth control methods aren’t necessary, but it’s still possible to get pregnant. It’s recommended you still use caution if you’re engaging in sexual intercourse. If you suspect you are pregnant and have PCOS, schedule an appointment with a doctor or at a first-step options clinic to confirm.
Can PCOS Affect Pregnancy?
Women with PCOS may have a higher rate of experiencing a miscarriage or other pregnancy-related problems. If you’ve recently learned about an unexpected pregnancy, and you have PCOS, schedule an ultrasound exam. Even if you’re considering abortion, the increased risk of miscarriage means ruling out any possible complications that may require alternative medical treatment is recommended.
How Can I Stay Healthy?
In addition to meeting with a doctor, you may want to ask if it’s safe to take folic acid. This is a form of folate that can protect against serious birth defects, and reduce the risk of miscarriage. Even if you’re not planning to continue the pregnancy, folic acid helps the body create healthy new red blood cells. Without it, you may develop folate-deficiency anemia. Folic acid is typically found in vitamins, as well as bread, pasta, and cereal. In addition, good eating habits can help relieve some of your PCOS-related symptoms and assist with managing them comfortably.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about PCOS. Talking with a trained professional about a potential unexpected pregnancy can be a productive first step. Before you move forward with a decision about abortion, adoption, or parenting, it can be beneficial to learn as much as you can about the pregnancy and your overall condition. This way you can receive reliable information on how to care for yourself. And you can ensure there aren’t any alternative steps you may need to take to treat a medical condition, such as a miscarriage.
PCOS can mask the symptoms of pregnancy, but Avenue Women’s Center can offer assistance by helping you confirm your condition. Our confidential consultations provide information about all of your pregnancy options. We can address your questions and discuss how you may be feeling about your situation. If you are considering abortion, our free limited ultrasounds can also help you learn how far along you are. They also ssess your risk for early pregnancy risks such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, assisting you in your next steps.
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