How to Get Pregnant Fast with PCOS
If you’ve been struggling to conceive with PCOS, I’m BEGGING you to look into this natural method that worked for me and give it a try. I believe this method can help you get pregnant fast with PCOS because it worked for me (yes, fast) – THREE TIMES.
(Please keep in mind that I’m not a doctor, so you absolutely need to run any medical decision by your doctor first!)
Following these steps to conceive with PCOS worked for me in just three weeks each time, and each time while breastfeeding. (My first baby was a just-went-off-of-birth-control-after-10-years-miracle.)
If you suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and you are not able to conceive, I truly think it’s worth trying!
The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Get Pregnant When You Have PCOS
The most important thing I can tell any PCOS sister who is currently struggling to get pregnant is to simply TRACK everything. Track all of it .
Track everything you decide to try – your supplements, your temperature, the sex, your cervical mucus, your mood…track it all. (This is how I keep track of everything.)
Even track your thoughts – your negative thoughts need a place to go so you can get on with your life WHILE you’re getting pregnant (not instead of getting pregnant).
Obsessing about PCOS only lets it further control us and hinder our ability to get pregnant.
This is the exact solution I use to keep track of everything and get pregnant (and hopefully it will work for YOU too)!
Getting Pregnant Fast with PCOS
Consider Trying Pregnitude
When my husband and I were struggling to get pregnant with baby #2, we visited a fertility doctor who explained it to us like this:
Usually, baby number one for a woman with PCOS is a lucky fluke caused by going off of birth control suddenly after being on it for a number of years. (The “shock” of the change in hormones can cause ovulation.)
Unfortunately, baby number 2 is often much more difficult to conceive with PCOS because your body doesn’t have this sudden “shock” of hormones (from discontinuing birth control). Instead, women will struggle for months or years to conceive.
She said usually, medications are the only option. I was still breastfeeding our son and wasn’t willing to give up that relationship, so all prescription medications were off the table.
The fertility doctor thought my getting pregnant with PCOS naturally was unlikely after reviewing my hormone levels and determining it’s unlikely that I ovulate on any sort of regular basis – if at all.
Before we left, she told my husband and I about a supplement I could try to take called Pregnitude.
She seemed really skeptical and just mentioned it in passing, but I figured we’d look into it. Our only other options were to wean our son or to just keep trying – and hope I eventually got pregnant.
After shopping around a little, I decided Pregnitude was out of our price range for a supplement that the doctor figured might not even work.
I’m extremely frugal and try to find the cheapest alternative to just about anything my family spends money on. (And I sure did find a cheaper options! If you’re curious though this is that exact supplement the fertility doctor recommended.
I decided to dig deeper into natural methods to get pregnant with PCOS. It turns out that there are a number of things you can do that REALLY help, and I will explain them all here in this article – but it might feel like information overload. I created this Printable PCOS Conception Planner to keep track of it all – and it helped me get pregnant 3 times!
Here is what worked for me – and allowed me to get pregnant fast with pcos:
Taking Inositol is One of the Easiest Ways to Get Pregnant with PCOS
If you’re like me and would rather use a cheaper option, you can purchase Pregnitude’s ingredients separately.
Through lots of research online and pouring over tons of PCOS forums, I found that women have had lots of luck achieving ovulation through myo-inositol supplementation.
The Inositol I used lists the ingredient as myo-inositol. I can’t recommend it enough. This is the exact product that I purchased and used to get pregnant fast with PCOS.
And don’t forget the folic acid!
Just like taking Vitamin D is they key to absorbing calcium, taking folic acid in addition to inositol is key in order for your body to absorb the inositol and let it do the work it needs to do. This is the one I took.
I took a teaspoon of inositol in the morning in a glass of milk, a folic acid supplement in the middle of the day, and another teaspoon of inositol in the evening. I started this process on September 24th, 2015 and had my first positive pregnancy test on October 12th.
2018 Update! – Get Pregnant with PCOS :
Since initially writing this post, I’ve gotten pregnant two more times using the exact method below.
One of those pregnancies ended in a heartbreaking miscarriage at 7 weeks. I’m now 28 weeks pregnant with our rainbow baby who is due almost exactly one year after we found out we were pregnant with our precious lost baby.
Each time, I got pregnant 3 weeks after starting this routine.
The Exact Method I Used to Get Pregnant Fast with PCOS:
- One teaspoon of this brand of myo-inositol almost immediately when I woke up
- One of these folic acid pills at lunchtime
- Another teaspoon of myo-inositol right before bed
- Track Cervical Mucus
- Track basil body temperature
- Track sex
- (YES tracking everything is a must. Use this to keep track.)
I always mixed the inositol with milk because then I could hardly taste it. It made the milk a little sweeter, but it wasn’t unpleasant at all.
I truly feel like if you’re desperate to conceive a baby, and your doctor is on board with these options, even trying all of them is cheaper than IVF and other fertility interventions! This is my secret to keeping my sanity while trying to get pregnant – all while battling PCOS.
I absolutely can’t imagine our lives without our second son in it and I feel like I owe him to this inositol / folic acid combination.
Before I ever visited the fertility doctor to discuss trying to conceive with PCOS, I went to my amazing PCP to discuss natural options to get pregnant with PCOS.
These are the things she recommended:
Even though I did use this tea, it turns out I was already pregnant when I started.
It has a very pleasant flavor and I really enjoyed it. I added cinnamon to it which seemed to thicken the tea to a horrible consistency though if I had to leave it for any length of time – just an FYI.
The reviews of this product on Amazon absolutely convinced me to give it a try.
If your doctor is for some reason against taking inositol and folic acid, I would absolutely see if they would support you giving this a try.
Fertilitea’s active ingredients in it are Vitex and Red Raspberry Leaf. A lot of women who suffer with PCOS have taken Vitex to increase their fertility.
One packet is all you’ll need for one month.
By looking at the reviews, that’s all some people need! One reviewer claimed to have struggled with fertility for 7 years and became pregnant almost immediately after starting Fertilitea.
I’m usually really skeptical when it comes to extremely positive, too-good-to-be-true sounding reviews. The thing is, this is the exact kind of review I am able to give to Inositol after conceiving 3 times successfully.
Please note that since Fertilitea contains Vitex, so it should be discontinued as soon as you find out you’re pregnant.
After our miscarriage, I started using progesterone cream while we were trying to conceive and after we conceived our rainbow baby.
So far, I’ve carried our “Pumpkin” to 28 weeks and I feel like progesterone cream like this one has helped me sustain this pregnancy this far. (Update – I delivered a very healthy baby girl at 39 weeks 2 days)
PCOS comes with a heartbreaking 40% miscarriage rate that I’ll do anything to avoid.
Following a Low-Carb Diet
I’m vegetarian, so this really sucked, but we tried it.
I lost 7 pounds in 5 days.
The second I found out I was pregnant, I planned how to surprise my husband with the news and decided that as soon as he was done crying tears of excitement, he was heading right back out to get me a pizza.
That was probably the best tasting freaking pizza I’ve ever had.
If you have PCOS, you probably already know carbs aren’t good for you anyway.
That starving feeling I had the entire time definitely wasn’t good for me either, but perhaps I just need to break my carb addict ways!
Tracking My Basal Body Temperature
I wrote a lot about this in my post about how I got pregnant with baby number 2, but unless you have sex at least once every 4 to 5 days, I think it’s absolutely worth doing.
Download an app that you can use to track your basal body temperature – Fertility Friend and Ovuview are two good ones. I actually used both.
This next part is key to accurate basal body temperature!
Be diligent about taking your temperature the second you wake up.
Yes, I know you have to pee and really want to get out of bed and then take your temperature. Don’t!
Take your temperature as soon as you can.
I kept my thermometer under my pillow to make this easy.
This thermometer saved my most recent reading, so I could take it, wait for it to beep, go to the bathroom, and wait until I could actually see to record my temperature.
When we were trying to conceive baby number 2, I noticed a huge difference in my temperature in October compared to when I had been diligently taking it in July and August.
Sure enough, on October 12th, I got my positive pregnancy test.
I proceeded to strap my son into his carseat, drive to the local dollar store, buy a basket full of pregnancy tests, and came home to take every one.
When you see that dip and spike in your basal temperature, it’s a good indication you’re ovulating and it’s time to have sex! Lots of it for good measure.
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, you already know to watch for egg white cervical mucus or EWCM. Obviously, if you see this, it’s time to get busy.
Basal body temping is extremely important for us with PCOS because store bought ovulation tests are extremely inaccurate.
Knowing your basal body temperature is key, in my opinion, to getting pregnant with PCOS.
If you have been lucky enough to conceive once already and are still breastfeeding, I would absolutely not give up that relationship and all of its benefits to conceive again.
I say this even though I know that desperate feeling to get pregnant as quickly as possible.
I’ve conceived 3 times with the myo-inositol and folic acid method I described above and each time, I was breastfeeding.
For this reason, I’m completely confident telling you that you CAN get pregnant with PCOS while breastfeeding.
Every woman and body is different and it’s very possible that breastfeeding may be hindering you from ovulating and conceiving again.
However, for my body, inositol and folic acid were stronger for conception than breastfeeding was against it.
Keep nursing your baby and enjoy every second.
Have Lots of Sex
My doctor told my husband and I to make sure we were having unprotected sex at least twice a week, preferably more.
The fertility doctor said the exact same thing and mentioned that spontaneous ovulation DOES occur in those with PCOS – even those who are believed to never ovulate.
We want to “catch that egg” so a lot of healthy sperm readily available is key. What a romantic way to put it, I know.
The most heartbreaking part of this is that you aren’t considered to be “infertile” until you have been trying to get pregnant for at least a year, unsuccessfully. This is way too long to wait to qualify for fertility interventions, in my opinion.
Life is short.
Take matters into your own hands and see what results you have with the methods described above, if you have your doctor’s blessing.
Further Reading for Getting Pregnant if You Have PCOS
My doctor suggested the book “Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility” by Sami David, MD and Jill Blakeway, Lac. You can pick up a copy here.
I haven’t read it, but for those of you who like to research, this is a doctor recommended resource that just might help.
This is one of the studies I read about the effects of myo-inositol on PCOS.
Use a planner like this one to keep track of your temperatures, cervical mucus, sex, doctor’s appointments and more:
If you’ve managed to get pregnant with PCOS, PLEASE share what worked for you in the comments! I get tons of comments and emails from women who just want so badly to carry and hold their own baby. You never know whose life you may touch by leaving a piece of advice that someone out there desperately needs to hear.