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Mrs Riz asked...

Struggling to conceive.

Tags: Pregnancy

I have infertility problems and polycystic ovaries. My partner and I have been trying for a baby for 6 months. Can you offer any diet tips or precautions to help me conceive?

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The answer

If you are referring to polycystic ovary syndrome, this may need to be treated if it is causing you any problems.

A healthy diet and weight loss can help with symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, the aim is to have a BMI of between 19-25. A healthy diet includes fruit, vegetables, lean meat and fish and wholegrain foods. If you need to lose a lot of weight then you should see your GP for referral to a dietician to help with this.

If you are having problems with your menstrual cycle then you may need medication to treat the condition. Sometimes surgery is required but you would need to be assessed by a gynaecologist to determine treatment needed. Infertility investigations usually begin after you have been trying to conceive for 18 months to a year. I would suggest you discuss this further with your GP and the next steps to take.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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