Increase your chances of conceiving with PCOS

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Don't let PCOS stop you getting pregnant

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common problem, but it doesn't have to mean infertility. Celebrity sufferers who've overcome it to start a family include Victoria Beckham, Jools Oliver, Zoe Ball and Peaches Geldof.

So have faith, you could be next. Colette Harris, author of PCOS and Your Fertility (Hay House, £12.99), shares her advice for PCOS sufferers trying to get pregnant.

1. Take regular aerobic exercise: Get in a daily brisk walk, bike ride, swim, run or dance class. Regular exercise reduces the effects of testosterone in your bloodstream, improves your metabolism and resets insulin levels and ovarian function.

2. Try acupuncture: Combined with exercise, it can help reduce testosterone levels in the blood, says a recent Swedish study.

3. Do the plastic detox: Women with PCOS are more affected by the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA), found in a wide range of plastic containers, says new research. Drink water from glass bottles where possible, and store food in non-plastic wrappers and containers.

4. Manage stress, as it can delay conception: A recent Japanese study revealed that simply sniffing lavender or lemon oils can help reduce the level of stress hormones in your blood.

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