Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Weight gain (especially around the waist)
- Excess hair on the face and body
- Thinning scalp
- Skin tags
- Darkening skin
- Mood swings
- Poor sleep
The following quiz was created by the Center for Young Women’s Health to help you figure out if you might have PCOS. This quiz is designed as an educational tool and is not a substitute for medical advice by your health care provider.
What causes PCOS?
It was recently discovered that women with PCOS have a particular antibody in their blood, indicating that PCOS may be an autoimmune disease.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
How is PCOS treated?
Birth control medications such as an oral contraception pill or a hormonal intrauterine device are options that can help manage irregular periods associated with PCOS. You should discuss these options with your OB/GYN or women’s health care provider.
For women with PCOS, maintaining a healthy weight can be a constant struggle. PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin, which can cause insulin and sugar (glucose) to build up in the bloodstream. This build up is called insulin resistance and is often linked to obesity. Many women with PCOS tend to make too much insulin which is responsible for some of the weight issues associated with this disorder. Dietary changes, primarily limiting carbohydrates, can be helpful as well as monitoring blood sugar levels, and getting regular exercise. In addition, medication such as metformin and supplements, such as inositol, can improve insulin resistance in PCOS patients.
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Treating Depression and Anxiety
In recent years, the complex relationship between PCOS and psychosocial issues has come to the forefront, with a prominent link found between specific features of PCOS and mental well-being. The scientific literature now shows clearly that anxiety levels, psychological distress, depressive feelings, and social fears are much higher in the women with PCOS. In one study of 300 women, nearly 30% had anxiety, and quality of life was lowest in those with a combination of stress and depression. The reasons for the increased risk of depression and anxiety in women with PCOS, as well as for PCOS women to develop psychiatric disorders, are still unclear, but we do know that stress is linked to overall health and well-being.
PCOS, Infertility, and Pregnancy
- Diabetes during pregnancy
- Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (preeclampsia)
- Premature delivery
- Endometrial cancer
- Children with mental health and neurodevelopmental issues, including autism
Please remember this information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice from a healthcare provider.