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Understanding the Relationship between PCOS Symptoms and Your Mental Health

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a common thing nowadays that many women deal with. You might have heard about its physical symptoms like infertility, gaining extra weight, or having more facial hair than you'd like. But did you know it could also mess with your head?

This study, led by Nancy Reame from Columbia University School of Nursing, decided to dig into how PCOS might affect our mental well-being. And guess what they found? While PCOS throws a lot of stuff at us like weight gain and unwanted hair, the one thing that messes with our minds the most is irregular periods.

Imagine that! Those days when your period shows up unexpectedly or takes a vacation when you don't want it to could actually be the culprit behind mental health issues. So, even though things like growing a beard or struggling to get pregnant can make you feel less like a woman, this study reminds us to keep an eye out for signs of feeling down.

And here's the shocker: different PCOS symptoms lead to different mental struggles. For example, body hair and period problems might push you towards anxiety, while dealing with extra weight could make you a bit more hostile.

The study also showed that women with PCOS are generally more stressed about their mental health compared to other women. In fact, they found that more than half of these women with PCOS had distress levels pretty similar to women who were seeing a shrink for mental issues.

In the U.S., PCOS affects a bunch of women, around 6 to 17 million of them, making it one of the main reasons behind infertility. It's not easy to diagnose and there's no magic cure. But it's usually tied to having too much of a hormone called testosterone, messed-up periods, and little sacs filled with liquid in your ovaries.

So, what's the deal here? This research reminds us that PCOS isn't just about the physical stuff. It gets into your head too, and that's just as important. So, if you're dealing with PCOS and you're not feeling your best mentally, don't hesitate to reach out for help and look into programs like our PCOS30 Program. It could be a game-changer on your journey to a happier, healthier life.

PCOS doesn't just mess with your body; it messes with your mind too. But guess what? There are ways to deal with it, and you're not alone in this journey.

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1) Psychiatric Complications in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Most Often Linked to Menstrual Irregularities

2) Nancy Reame, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor Emerita of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Faculty of Nursing


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