Having PCOS: Dealing with a Debilitating Syndrome
For some women, living with PCOS can be quite challenging for different reasons. Acne, excess hair growth or weight gain can all be embarrassing and cause insecurity about appearance. Living with an untreated hormonal imbalance is known to affect mood and can contribute to feelings of depression. Many women with PCOS also have many issues, concerns and obstacles surrounding their fertility.
Infertility Is Often the Door to a PCOS Diagnosis
Typically, women first learn that they have PCOS because they have sought the help of a fertility specialist. Many of our PCOS patients at New York Fertility Services have been trying to get pregnant for a year or more by the time they come to us for fertility assistance.
PCOS-Related Infertility Can Cause Feelings of Depression
PCOS can rob a woman of many things, including her ability to conceive naturally and build a family. Infertility and sub-fertility are difficult emotional hurdles. Infertility alone is a particularly trying experience, but combined with PCOS, it can be traumatic.
A former executive director of the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association describes PCOS and depression as “an emotional one-two punch.” First comes the knowledge of a lifelong health condition that can’t be cured, then comes the awareness that getting pregnant will be much more difficult than expected, or even impossible. It’s completely understandable that many women with PCOS and depression struggle – it’s a lot to digest.
The good news is that there is ongoing research on the condition and new management and treatment tools build on that knowledge every day. One example is advancements for women with PCOS-caused infertility.
You Are Not Alone – Get Treatment and Support for PCOS and Depression
It’s important to remember that though the condition may be challenging, you’re not alone and there are many resources for treatment, education and support. Getting treatment for PCOS is essential to overcome the challenges of the condition, optimize health, plan your family and help boost your self-esteem.
One of the resources we highly recommend at New York Fertility Services is the patient-oriented book on the topic:
Living with PCOS; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, by Angela Boss, Evelina Weidman Sterling with Richard S. Legro, M.D. (Perspectives Press). The authors are available to discuss plans for treating this disorder at www.myfertilityplan.com
New York Fertility Services and Specialized Whole Woman PCOS Care
At New York Fertility Services we have a specialized PCOS clinic focused on diagnosing and treating the condition, as well as targeting fertility treatments to each individual. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our specialized PCOS clinic led by Dr. Joel Batzofin to discuss your condition and targeted fertility treatments.