Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal dysfunction that impacts one out of each 10 ladies in our nation, regardless of being widespread has much less consciousness round it. Ladies with PCOS can usually have signs starting from extreme physique hair, zits, weight achieve and in addition infertility in extreme instances. Dr Alka Kriplani from Paras Hospitals, Gurugram, nevertheless, says that it doesn’t finish right here.
“Research has shown that women suffering from this condition are also more likely to suffer from mental health problems like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder,” says Dr Kriplani.
How does PCOS have an effect on you?
“PCOS affects the functioning of the ovaries, which results in irregular periods, excess androgens or male hormones in the body. Studies suggest that up to 60 per cent of women with PCOS also suffer from some form of mental illness. However, since the physical symptoms of PCOS are so evident, often many tend to overlook the mental illness it may cause,” says Dr Kriplani.
The hyperlink between PCOS and bipolar dysfunction
Dr Kriplani shares that when the researchers from College of Cardiff “assessed the mental health history of more than 17,000 women diagnosed with the condition, the results showed those with PCOS were more likely to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.”
“However,” she says, “it is not clear what really causes the condition or if it is simply related to abnormally high levels of insulin. But physical symptoms like excessive hair growth, unusual weight gain, and acne, can also lead to low self-esteem. Both physical and chemical symptoms can lead to severe mood swings, which can cause one to feel low. Such mixed emotions can affect one’s mental state.”