What would you say or ask if I told you psychologists have an essential role in treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)? How do you think Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects psychological health? Let’s take a closer look at this relationship.
First, let’s talk a little bit about PCOS:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common endocrine disease in menstruating individuals due to the formation of small and multiple cysts in the ovaries. Among its symptoms;
- Irregular period,
- increase in body hair,
- weight gain,
- Hair loss,
- There is infertility.
PCOS is also a risk factor for many physiological and psychological disorders!
Studies show that individuals with PCOS have a higher-than-average risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, uterine cancer, and coronary artery disease in the long term. Individuals with PCOS are at greater risk of developing anxiety disorders or depression than the general population.
In addition, the nature of PCOS can negatively affect people’s psychological health. We have said that several symptoms, such as obesity, hair loss, menstrual irregularity, and infertility, accompany PCOS. Therefore, these symptoms may negatively affect the body image, self-esteem, and psychological well-being of individuals struggling with PCOS. In this context, in addition to hormonal, surgical, or medical treatments of polycystic ovary syndrome, it is also important to provide psychological support to people as they need it.
From another point of view, PCOS is a chronic disease. Therefore, struggling with a chronic illness is a risk factor for depression. Working with a chronic disease can be a risk factor for not only depression but also many psychological problems. For this reason, it is essential not to give up on psychological health while fighting PCOS.
What Can We Do To Protect Our Psychological Health While Fighting PCOS?
It can benefit individuals to improve mental and physical health together while struggling with polycystic ovary syndrome. Therefore, individuals with PCOS should pay attention to their eating and sleep patterns and learn to cope with stress, which can positively affect their treatment.
Pay attention to your sleep patterns.
We know that insomnia increases the stress levels of individuals and negatively affects their psychological health. For this reason, it is recommended to people who struggle with many diseases and those who work with PCOS to create a qua and pattern.
Make exercise a part of your life.
Exercising contributes positively to the psychological health of people. It is claimed that regular walking, yoga, or sports activities lead to significant positive changes in people’s brain chemicals, thus being a protective factor against stress or psychological disorders.
Adapt your eating pattern to PCOS.
It is undeniable that healthy nutrition has a significant impact on psychological health as well as physical health. We also mentioned that PCOS might be a risk factor for diabetes.
Try to control stress with meditation or relaxation exercises.
Meditation and relaxation exercises are good ways to control stress and reduce anxiety. When anxiety and stress surround you and make things difficult, you can take some time for yourself and try to relax with the help of relaxation exercises.
See a mental health professional (Psychiatrist/Psychologist) if you need it.
We can all come face to face with complex events, difficult emotions, or negative experiences at one or more times in our live,s. Professional support can hold us back when things don’t go how we want when negative feelings and thoughts don’t leave us alone, or when we need someone who understands, listens unconditionally, and helps us.