How PCOS Affects Your Daily Life (And What You Can Do About It)

Living with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, can be devastating for a woman. This combination of metabolic, hormonal, and psychosocial conditions can cause long-term medical issues, anxiety, and depression.

While PCOS can dramatically affect your daily life, there are things you can do about it. If you’re a woman in the Nashville, Tennessee, area, PCOS specialist and board-certified OB/GYN John Macey, MD, can help you manage this condition so you have a better quality of life.

Emotional impact

The symptoms of PCOS can affect your daily activities because you don’t feel well physically and emotionally. For example, you may want to stay in more and not spend as much time with friends or family. Or you may lose interest in activities that once brought you joy because you don’t want to go out in public. You may even feel embarrassed or ashamed by your appearance if your PCOS has caused hair loss, acne, or weight gain.

Please remember that you’re not alone. Reach out to your loved ones, or join a support group to help you deal with depression and anxiety. You can learn tips on coping with PCOS from other women who are managing their condition.

Symptoms of PCOS

The symptoms of PCOS vary among women but could be a combination of the following:

With a list like this, it’s no wonder women with PCOS may lose confidence or develop negative self-esteem. Don’t suffer in silence. Let Dr. Macey help you. He can develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on your unique symptoms and quality-of-life concerns.

Treatment

The cysts that grow on your ovaries wit this condition can create hormone imbalances. PCOS could lead to serious medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease if not treated. 

Treatment includes birth control pills to regulate the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, hormone replacement therapy, medication that helps you ovulate so your ovaries can get back to functioning normally, and other medicines to treat specific symptoms. For example, you could take something to help slow the growth of excess hair or to treat acne.

What you can do

If you have PCOS or have been recently diagnosed, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Macey. You can request an appointment online or call 629-205-2938.

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