What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

What Happens to PCOS During Menopause?

Although ovarian function and hormone levels change as a woman goes through menopause, it does not mean that PCOS will disappear. This condition affects many systems in the body, not just the reproductive system. As a result, women with PCOS may still have excessive hair growth, male-pattern baldness, or thinning hair after menopause (in some cases, these effects may even become worse).
In addition, the risks for complications from PCOS, such as diabetes and heart disease, will increase as a woman gets older.

Preventing Complications

Women who have PCOS can help manage symptoms at an earlier age to help reduce the risk of having complications like diabetes and heart disease in the future. Rather than just focusing on one part of your disorder (such as getting pregnant), try to look at all of your symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to manage them. He or she may also recommend testing you for diabetes on a regular basis.
Other ways you can help manage PCOS include:
  • Eating right
  • Exercising on a regular basis
  • Not smoking.

Dealing With the Emotional Effects of PCOS

Women who have PCOS may run into many emotional issues due to the physical effects of this condition, as well as the effects that may not be as noticeable by others. Many women with PCOS may feel embarrassed by their appearance, worried about being able to get pregnant, or may even feel depressed.
If you are struggling with how to deal with the effects of this condition, it can help to seek counseling or a support group who can give you suggestions on how to cope with and manage it. These sources of help can also provide ways to help boost your self-esteem and ideas on how deal with the emotional and physical effects.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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