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Dear Patient Care Advocates: PCOS and Male Factor Infertility- Where Do We Begin?

Dear Patient Care Advocates:

My husband and I are ready to start trying to conceive. I was diagnosed with PCOS in my teens, and my husband’s twin brother had trouble conceiving due to low sperm count. How can I take steps to control my hormone levels and get fit for pregnancy? What do I need to know about the risk of low sperm count for us as well?

Lindsey in Arizona

Dear Lindsey,

Good for you for being proactive! I’m sorry you are dealing with pesky PCOS- I have it too so I can relate! It isn’t easy but if you stick to a diet with lots of lean protein, veggies, and fruits, and lose just 10% of your body fat, you could reverse the symptoms of PCOS. If you haven’t already done so, I would suggest you have a blood test to check your hormone levels. This can be done with a fertility doctor, or your OB-GYN. Don’t forget to check your thyroid as well. There is a link between PCOS and thyroid disease.

Regarding your husband’s potential for male factor infertility, you should start out by sending him for a semen analysis. The results of this test will let you know if he has healthy sperm count, motility, and morphology. If you’re interested in learning more about male factor infertility, check out Fertility Authority’s Live TweetChat Wednesday January 29th from 5-6pm EST. Dr. Paul Turek will discuss “What What Women Need to Know about Male Infertility”. Follow us @fertilityauthor and don’t forget our #FertChat hashtag!

If you do decide to consult a fertility doctor, contact the Patient Care Advocates at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or send me an email. We will gladly help you find a trusted fertility doctor in your area! Don't forget to join in the conversation at Fertile Thoughts to learn from personal experiences with PCOS and Male Factor Infertility.

Baby Dust,

For more helpful tips on trying to conceive, check out this video where Alissa Vitti discusses a Five Step Fertility Boosting Plan:

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