According to new research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) experience poor health and quality of life in their late forties. Those reading this now who suffer from PCOS would whole heartedly agree.

PCOS affects MANY women. Seriously, let us repeat ourselves from yesterday… It is estimated that between five to 10 percent of U.S. women of childbearing age have PCOS. That’s about 5 million women, which makes the condition one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders among women of reproductive age. But, according to the PCOS Foundation, less than half of all women with PCOS are actually diagnosed correctly, meaning that millions of women are potentially unaware of their condition.

Many women with PCOS experience psychological issues like anxiety and depression that continue well beyond fertile age, even though younger women tend to be the focus. According to a recent study focused on women beyond their reproductive years, “Most PCOS studies focus on women during reproductive age, but symptoms like mental health issues and excess hair growth continue into the late forties,” said the study’s principal investigator of the University of Oulu in Finland. The study focuses on this population and shows that women with PCOS have lower life satisfaction and poorer health up to their late reproductive years.

If you or someone you know has PCOS, it is important to start the discussion early to be able to look at this disorder from a multifaceted approach which includes diet, exercise, mental health management, stress management and essential hormone management.

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