Polycystic ovary syndrome linked to women's mental health & baby's risk for ADHD, autism

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders, says a new study.

The research also says that children of mothers with PCOS are at a slightly higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The study, done in the United Kingdom, is one of the largest to look into the mental health status of women with PCOS and the neurodevelopmental outcomes of their children.

Compared to women without PCOS, women with PCOS are more likely to have mental health disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.

Experts involved in the study recommend that women with PCOS be screened for mental health disorders as well.

Signs of Polysystic Ovary Disorder (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common cause for infertility in young women. It’s signs are elevated insulin and male hormone levels. The disorder can lead to signs like weight gain, erratic menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, thinning hair, acne, among others.

There is still no clear idea of what exactly the link between PCOS, mental health, and neurodevelopmental disorders is. There is also a suggestion that exposure to male hormones in the uterus may affect the neurodevelopmental outcomes in kids.

More research is needed to determine the elements of PCOS that increase a woman’s chance for mental health problems and a child’s risk for certain disorders.

Experts suggest that screening women with PCOS for mental health disorders will help as they can receive an early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

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