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The PCOS-mental health connection you need to know about


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Dealing with excruciating pain, irregular periods, and the possibility of fertility issues is a lot to deal with, yet that’s the reality for the one in 10 women who are living with PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome. It’s scary stuff, but making some dietary tweaks can help a lot. But besides checking in with your gyno on a regular basis, there’s someone else you might want to get familiar with: a therapist.

According to new research, women with PCOS have a greater chance of being diagnosed with a mental health condition. I know what you might be thinking: No kidding, PCOS can be stressful! While the scientists didn’t pinpoint exactly if the mental health issues stemmed from the emotions involved with living with PCOS or if it’s just a correlation, here’s what they do know: Women with PCOS are more likely to have depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

The info isn’t meant to scare women who already may be stressed and in pain, but instead to prompt to check-in with yourself mentally, something that can often be overlooked when there is a lot going on with your body. The more you know, the better you can take care of yourself—your whole self.

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