PCOS and Reproductive Conditions

Hormonal conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can make conceiving more challenging. A nutritious diet is all the more important when you are trying to conceive; especially with PCOS.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – affects 12% of women of reproductive age, and is triggered by Insulin Resistance in 80% of cases. High levels of insulin cause the production of ovarian cysts which in turn increase your production of testosterone, has a domino effect on other hormones and reduces your body’s ability to ovulate.

Although women of a healthy weight can develop these conditions, many hormonal conditions can lead to weight gain, making it difficult to lose weight.

Optimising your ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats are essential for treating hormonal problems associated with infertility. Our dietitians can tailor a meal plan to suit your specific medical and nutritional requirements that also fits your lifestyle.

 

How We Can Help

Our team are authentic, caring, and genuinely understands the devastating emotional roller-coaster that hormonal issues can have on your fertility. We leave no stone unturned to ensure that you get to the bottom of any dietary issues that need to be dealt with to help you have a healthy baby.

 

During your initial consult at Nutrition Plus, our dietitian will discuss your health and weight journey, review any blood tests that you may have had and review your diet to help them make an educated assessment of your hormonal complications. They will then work with you to:

  • understand your hormonal state and its impact on your body
  • recognise the role of macronutrients, particularly carbohydrates and sugars, and how they affect your hormones
  • tailor dietary strategies
  • achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • manage your glucose and insulin levels
  • control your thyroid levels
  • regulate your appetite
  • design a custom dietary plan
  • optimise your fertility

We want to help you and your future family thrive.​

Frequently Asked Questions

Carbohydrates are found in grains, dairy products, starchy vegetables, and fruit, as well as sugary treats and processed foods. Although it’s wise to limit your intake of sugar and highly processed foods, it is not recommended to cut out all carbs if you’re currently trying to fall pregnant or if you plan to try to conceive in the next few months.

Fruit is a nutritious food and beneficial for optimising your fertility. Limit your intake of fruit juice, dried fruit and high GI fruits such as watermelon and bananas and opt for lower GI fruits such as berries and apples instead.

Exercise has a significant impact on insulin levels, so it’s recommended that you undertake as much exercise as you can to optimise your fertility.

If you’re overweight, weight loss can improve insulin resistance which can boost your fertility. However, if you’re currently trying to conceive or plan to commence trying in the next few months, now is not the time for fad diets or dramatic weight loss. A nutritious fertility diet that simultaneously reduces insulin levels will be a better option.

Aim for a low GI diet by swapping white cereals for whole grains, choosing low GI fruits such as berries and apples, and limiting table sugar. Include healthy fats from fish, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil. It is recommended that you discuss your requirements for supplements with your dietitian.

Download our free PCOS meal plan. Your ultimate guide to help you get started on a healthy PCOS diet.

FREE PCOS Meal Plan​

Your ultimate guide to help you get started on a healthy PCOS diet.

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