More Perils of PCOS
Adapted from "Women with PCOS are prone to sleep disorder leading to risk of anxiety and depression" by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine
The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is still not well understood, but we do know that 1 in 10 women in their childbearing years suffers from PCOS. In addition to infertility, PCOS is also associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications such as hypertension and abnormal blood lipids.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have also been shown to be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, which has been linked to depression and anxiety within the general population.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, assessed women diagnosed with PCOS and being treated at their clinic from 2017 to 2020 for obstructive sleep apnea, depression, and anxiety symptoms.
A total of 196 women at a mean age of 28 with PCOS were included, of which 38% screened high-risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Women in the high-risk obstructive sleep apnea group had increased odds of moderate or severe depression and anxiety.
Based on this study, researchers recommend that routine obstructive sleep apnea screening in women with PCOS be undertaken, particularly in the setting of existing depression and anxiety.
The study concluded that diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea might have added psychological benefits for women with PCOS.