Getting pregnant with PCOS (polycystic ovaries) and irregular periods

Having been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) aged just 15, T.D. had been on the pill for most her adult life. Now 26 and married she'd come off the pill but only had 6 periods in the last 2 years, all of which were nearly two weeks longs, and at very erratic intervals. Tests showed she was not ovulating.

She was also constipated, only having a bowel motion every 3 days. This had been the pattern for as long as she could remember. She had dandruff and an itchy scalp often.

Her energy levels were very variable throughout the day. As she often felt tired she resorted to sugary snacks as a quick fix.

Her aims were to have a healthy pregnancy and to feel less tired.

What We Did: 

Cutting the sugary snacks out of her diet, she learned how to eat to keep her blood sugar levels well-balanced. This is key for anyone with PCOS as imbalances in blood sugars levels can impact the balance of female sex hormones. She was also tested for food intolerances, with both cows' dairy produce and wheat coming up as issues initially. As she rarely ate fish, nuts or seeds her essential fat levels were low. So this was taken into account when adapting her diet.

Some supplements were also used, though these were reduced as her diet improved.

How It Helped: 

Very quickly her system moved towards a regular daily bowel motion, and within a few weeks she was controlling her blood sugar levels well, which in turn improved and stabilised her energy levels. 

After some weeks she was also able to re-introduce both wheat and cows' dairy produce without the constipation recurring. Both the dandruff and the itchy scalp problem also cleared up.

Her periods started to become more regularly, and when they did she had less trouble with mood swings and pain.

Within 5 months she became pregnant and has since gone on to have two lovely daughters.