All You Need To Know About Mental Health Issues In Women With PCOS – Femina

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder among women of reproductive age. Alarmingly, the incidences are on the rise these days. PCOS is characterised by ovulatory dysfunction, presence of polycystic ovaries, and increasing levels of male hormones, obesity, and fertility problems.

Did You Know Women With PCOS Were Nearly Three Times As Likely To Report Anxiety Symptoms Compared To Women Without PCOS?What is now of concern is that in addition to reproductive and metabolic concerns, is that PCOS is also associated with psychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, social phobia and even suicidal thoughts. Several studies have indicated that the prevalence of anxiety and depression in women with PCOS is significantly higher than non-PCOS women of the same age. Women with PCOS have higher depression scores and a higher risk of depression.

Why Does It Happen?We, as a society, are obsessed with perfect faces, perfect bodies and anything short of perfection is considered as unworthy. PCOS which causes hormonal imbalances, especially inwomen who are obese, leads to unwanted facial hair and acne-prone oily skin, thus leading to feeling of loss of femininity. These women also report to have higher incidences of low self-esteem and disturbed interpersonal relationships, which causes anxiety and panic attacks, leading to depression.

PCOS often causes menstrual irregularities and difficulty in conceiving. This is because the high level of male hormones (testosterone) prevents the release of the eggs from the ovaries. PCOS is nowadays a leading cause of infertility. Many patients often need assisted reproductive techniques to get pregnant. These treatments which can be physically, financially and emotionally draining for the couple and causes more stress and further adds to anxiety for the couple and their families causing sleep disorders, insomnia and feeling of hopelessness.

Loss of sleep, poor self-esteem leading to worthlessness and frustration and even suicidal thoughts are intricately linked with the delicate balance of hormones which is severely disturbed in women who are not paying enough attention to their health.

What Can You Do?Itis important to note is that PCOS is a lifestyle problem, the symptoms of which can be easily controlled by simple daily modifications. Once the hormonal imbalances get corrected by simple measures like exercise, dietary restrictions and modifications, the psychological manifestations like anxiety, depression, mood swings and binge eating get automatically controlled.

Daily exercise of 30-40 minutes leads to release of endorphins (happy hormones) which leads to mood uplifting and sense of well-being. Yoga and meditation also keep negativity at bay.

Dietary restrictions of foods with high glycemic index like bakery products, sugary drinks, rice, saturated fats helps. Also, eating unprocessed foods, whole grain cereals leads to less release of insulin in the body which causes decreased levels of testosterone. Weight management by exercise and simple dietary changes leads to increased self-esteem due to acceptance by peers and societal approval, leading to decreased psychological problems. Addition of supplements like omega fatty acids and vitamin D also are known to be mood uplifting. The role of a supportive family also goes a long way is controlling the psychological symptoms of PCOS.

Also Read: PCOS Cases Spike Among Women During Lockdown Due To Lifestyle Changes

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