PCOS Women Are More Prone to Depression

In a provocative new study from Australia women with PCOS were studied compared to women without PCOS and were found to have more psychological issues including problems with mood and depression . Knowing this should make women aware and be screened for these issues by their health care providers.

Actually, it is not surprising that a woman with PCOS has issues with depression given some of the dramatic effects on your physiology it may have. Thus hormonal balance in women with PCOS is a wide reaching factor of overall wellness, not just your menstrual cycles, your risk of diabetes, and hypertension, risks of ovarian cysts, risks of uterine cancer, your weight, your hair growth and patterns of hair growth, and your skin to name a few of the other consequences.

Fixing PCOS thus is part of fixing mood disorders and fixing mood disorders can positively affect PCOS.

The fix for PCOS is not simple, and the more we learn, the more we know that we have to follow our PCOS patients closely, check their sugars, scan their gall bladders, check their hormone levels, discuss contraception carefully, establish if there are mood or psychological issues, and possibly help when our patients want to get pregnant, there’s a lot to gab about here!

The diagnosis of PCOS has been simplified and your MD can help you figure out if you have PCOS or not, you can check symptoms you are having against criteria published by the NIH. Or read the Endocrine Society criteria for PCOS. And if you are trying to get pregnant there are special considerations for planning to conceive and helping your mental health through the process. Come to Women’s Health Practice and we can review your personal risk factors.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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