PCOS and Infertility:
How to Get Pregnant Naturally
What can you do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant?
Natural Therapies for Infertility
Naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists who specialize in helping infertile couples have reported increased success for couples who have had failed attempts with fertility technology. Natural medicine and acupuncture have helped a significant number of women have their babies. These are anecdotal reports and the causes for the infertility are not exclusively due to PCOS.
However, the support that natural medicines provide to reproductive function and basic health will inevitably help restore fertility in some women.
For example, researchers at the University of Surrey followed 367 couples for 3 years. 37% of these couples had a history of infertility and 38% of the women had previous miscarriages. They were put on a program consisting of organic foods, an individualized vitamin supplement, and alcohol and tobacco avoidance. At the end of the study, 89% of the couples had given birth to healthy babies, and none had a miscarriage. Although this study was flawed in some respects, it does suggest that a healthy diet and lifestyle increases the probability of pregnancy and reduces the chances of miscarriage.(4) We look forward to more research to confirm this common-sense approach.
Other than the University of Surrey study, we don't have specific statistics about natural therapies for PCOS or their impact on fertility. However, common sense as well as the clinical experience of naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists indicates that improving your health will increase your chances for conception.
Safe, nontoxic and effective natural therapies, over time, can shift you into regular ovulatory cycles that will produce thriving eggs. Some of these approaches are described in the next section.
According to a recent study, acupuncture timed with in-vitro fertilization increased conception rates. The group receiving acupuncture had a success rate of 43% vs. only 26% for the control group.(5)
Whatever method you choose to achieve pregnancy, building and maintaining your well-being all the way through to motherhood is essential for having a successful pregnancy and healthy baby.
We also recommend you find or create a support group. A recent Harvard study showed that women who participated in an fertility support group had a 25% increase in their success rate over women who just got the usual infertility clinic care. (6) A resource for PCOS support groups is the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association: www.pcosupport.org
If you are not ovulating, or are having fertility problems for other reasons, we recommend that you take all possible steps to improve your health and the health of your partner.
We also recommend that you consult with a knowledgeable physician or other licensed health practitioner about natural therapies that will reduce the factors contributing to your fertility issues.
If better diet, improved lifestyle, increased exercise, supplementation, natural therapies and herbal medicine do not cause you to ovulate or get pregnant within six months, then consider resorting to "high-tech" methods for achieving your pregnancy such as in-vitro fertilization.
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