Do you struggle to maintain a healthy weight? Have irregular periods? Suffer from acne or have too much body hair? It could be that you have the condition Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and this may have an impact on your fertility.
- Fertility consultant Prof Arpita Ray, regional lead clinician, Bourn Hall, discussing PCOS, the reasons why women with the condition can find it more difficult to get pregnant and the fertility treatments available.
- Bourn Hall patient Rachel Woodward, after many years of infertility Rachel was finally ‘diagnosed’ by her husband. She describes how PCOS impacted her life and her fertility journey.
- Nutritionist Angela Attwood of Love Nutrition who gives practical advice on how to improve natural fertility and reduce BMI ahead of fertility treatment.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition, which disrupts the hormone balance in a woman’s body, impacting mood and making it difficult to maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), which in turn can have an impact on her fertility.
At Bourn Hall we encourage our patients to get fit for fertility and work closely with nutritionists and other complementary therapists to increase the chances of pregnancy.
If specialist fertility treatment, such as IVF, is required a woman’s BMI needs to be 30 or below to be eligible for NHS funding or below 34 for self-funded patients – so effective weight management and lifestyle changes could be critical to accessing funding and fertility treatment.
In the post “PCOS and Fertility frequently asked questions answered” you will be able to watch presentations on how to spot the tell-tale signs of PCOS, learn more about how it can impact fertility and get advice on some of the simple steps you can take to improve your nutrition and lifestyle.
PCOS Awareness Month 2020
PCOS Awareness Month is coordinated by Verity