PCOS is the most common type of female endocrine disorder and one of the leading causes of female infertility. However, there is certainly hope for women with this condition and it is often an easy intervention. Sometimes we treat this diagnosis with Metformin, a medication that can help to normalize hormone levels. If this is unsuccessful, a few months of a pill called Clomid may help induce ovulation and then conception may occur. If all else fails, in vitro fertilization is extremely successful when used to overcome PCOS-related infertility.
PCOS and Your Diet
While there are many treatments available to help treat polycystic ovarian syndrome, one of the best and simplest ways to keep it under control is with diet. PCOS is partially about the relationship between the body and food. A lot of the disease has to do with how the body metabolizes food. Patients with PCOS may have insulin resistance which means that they are at increased risk to develop abnormalities with their ability to use sugar from their diet. Sugar directly affects conceiving. Dysfunction in blood sugar metabolism makes ovulation irregular. Diet that is heavy in simple sugar and carbohydrates is the worst at impacting PCOS symptoms.
Foods that contain simple sugar and carbohydrates, such as white bread, rice, pasta, desserts, etc., should be avoided. Low fat foods containing fiber, vitamins and proteins, such as fruits, vegetables, diary, beans, white fish and meat are good choices. It is also better to eat snacks than it is to eat large meals.