PCOS and depression


It’s no surprise the PCOS and depression go together. An inability to get pregnant, excess weight, adult acne, unwanted facial and body hair and contribute quite a bit to lowering your outlook on life. But at the heart of all of this is a hormonal imbalance.

Hormone imbalance can cause depression

Depression can result from insulin resistance and depressed thyroid function. Disrupted luteinizing hormone levels have been found in depressed women. Disturbed LH is a known cause for lack of ovulation and
is very common in women with PCOS.

Also, high homocysteine levels can lead to depression. This is also common in women with PCOS. Homocysteine is normally broken down by the body, but a poor diet and some types of drugs used by women with PCOS can cause
elevated homocysteine levels.

In addition, increased testosterone which accompanies PCOS is also associated with depression in women.

Hormones must be regulated. In addition to prescription drugs your doctor can recommend, there are some supplements which may help with balancing hormones. Vitex is on the most common herbal treatments used for women who suffer with PCOS. Inositol and D-chiro Inositol also work to help with several issues related to PCOS including insulin resistance and high testosterone levels.

Commit to a healthy lifestyle

A healthy diet, either gluten free or glycemic index, will help with insulin reactions and related depression. Regular exercise, especially stress reducing varieties like yoga and tai chi will provide a peace of mind and increased flexibility which leads to greater confidence and improved mood. Aromatherapies are good mood boosters. Clary sage, chamomile, lavender and rosewood extracts dropped into a warm bath are especially relaxing and can help with anxiety.

Acupuncture and acupressure have been helpful to a number of people as they attempt to get past the symptoms of PCOS and depression. Acupressure can be learned and self-administered.

It takes a commitment to a health lifestyle to naturally control PCOS and depression. Eating healthy foods, taking appropriate supplements, regular exercise, stress management and sometimes medication will curb the symptoms
of the disease and the depression that may come with it.

Source: PCOSInfo, WebMD


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