Does Weight Loss Increase Fertility in PCOS?

One question that I’m asked quite a bit is that since many of the women who are diagnosed with PCOS are overweight “Will losing weight help with fertility and help PCOS women to fall pregnant?”

My answer is that there is no guarantee but it is possible. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and I have struggled with it for many years. The doctor missed diagnosing me when I was an adolescent. I didn’t find out that I had PCOS until I started struggling to get pregnant after I was married. When we dug deeper to get to the root cause of my infertility that’s when we found out that I had PCOS.

My first two children were conceived through IVF (invitro fertilization). However, I was able to conceive naturally with my third child. I will say that I was at the lowest, healthy weight I have ever been in my life. I had just been on a low-carb diet and I was eating really healthy to try and keep from taking the medication Metformin.

I do feel that the weight loss played a part in me being able to have a baby naturally, on my own without the help of medical intervention. Weight loss can be a factor especially in my case because I’m also insulin resistant. Fun fact is that about 80% of women with PCOS are insulin resistant. By losing weight I ended up reducing my insulin resistance, therefore improving ovulation, and giving me a better chance at getting pregnant.

Studies have shown that losing just 10% of your body weight can improve your symptoms. So to answer the main question, it isn’t a definitive yes, but there is a chance that it can help. I'm always for trying whatever works for you and seeing what sticks. The crazy thing about PCOS is that it’s so unique to each individual woman and what may work for one woman, may not work for the next.

I’m all for experimenting and trying different remedies and methods to see what your body responds best to. In my case, I do believe that weight loss has played a critical role in my fertility and being able to get pregnant on my own, as well as being able to manage my other pesky PCOS symptoms. Therefore, staying in a healthy body weight is something I will continue to do because it has worked for me.

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