PCOS and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

There are many ways to have a successful pregnancy while having PCOS. This article will review what you need to know about pregnancy and PCOS.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder affecting nearly one in 15 women of reproductive age. Evidence shows that pregnant women with PCOS face significantly higher long-term health risks for both the mother and baby. Pregnant women with PCOS are at a higher risk for gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and preeclampsia. Their babies are at an increased risk of neonatal complications, including preterm birth and an admission to a neonatal intensive care unit for extra care. That being said, there are many ways to have a successful pregnancy while having PCOS. This article will review what you need to know about pregnancy and PCOS.

How long does it take to get pregnant with PCOS?

Women with PCOS often face challenges in getting pregnant. If you are under the age of 35 and have a regular ovulation schedule, along with a healthy partner, the likelihood of getting pregnant within a year is very high (90%). One thing you can do to increase chances of getting pregnant is begin using ovulation tests to track your ovulation and pinpoint your fertile window. However, if you are not ovulating or if you have irregular cycles, talk to your doctor about the best course of action.

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