December 26, 2022
In a study of 130 women with PCOS, almost 60% reported little to no arousal or sexual desire.The result can lead to a reduced quality of life, depression. The overproduction of androgens can also affect a woman’s natural sex drive, lubrication, and satisfaction. PCOS ultimately reduces the ability to produce and release mature eggs. For women wanting to start a family, emotional stress can take a toll on sexual health. For some, sex can also be painful, further reducing the desire for sex. Irregular periods can also restrict sexual activity, especially for women without birth control. Treatments: Doctors may suggest taking medications to regulate hormones,which can in turn help with low libido. While medication to balance hormones help, there are still social and psychological issues affecting libido. Exercise can not only decrease depression but can increase serotonin and endorphins, which may increase libido. A combination of medication and lifestyle changes can help.