I want to become a mum, but…
Infertility is perhaps the biggest struggle experienced by women who suffer from PCOS. Ninety to 95% of women who attend infertility clinics because of an ovulation suffer from PCOS1.The challenges that PCOS causes in a woman’s reproductive life do not end with just infertility. Those women who are fortunate to conceive despite having PCOS face a legion of complications that can jeopardise their own health and the health of their precious baby. Thirty to 50% of women with PCOS suffer miscarriages in the first trimester (first three months) of their pregnancy2.They may also have a greater risk for complications such as:
* Pregnancy induced hypertension – i.e. abnormally high blood pressure during pregnancy3
* Gestational Diabetes - i.e. diabetes induced by pregnancy3
* Preterm delivery – i.e. delivery before the completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy3
* Birth of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) babies3
2 important reasons women with PCOS have a higher risk of miscarriage
Hormones to blame
PCOS stems from hormonal imbalances4,14. It is no different when it comes to pregnancy complications. Insulin resistance, high levels of the hormone LH, excessive testosterone and other hormonal imbalances can cause pregnancy loss and other pregnancy complications of PCOS5,6.
In fact, abnormal LH levels, and low progesterone levels are two reasons why you have a higher risk of miscarriage.
How you can make simple changes to dramatically increase your chance of giving birth to a happy, bouncing baby.