Many medical issues don't just impact one area of someone's life; they affect all aspects, including sex. Unfortunately, the female reproductive condition Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is no different and can really take a toll on a sufferer's sexual and mental health. It's certainly an upsetting reality for the sufferer to deal with, but it's nothing to be ashamed about. If you suffer from PCOS or have a partner that does, you may wonder how having PCOS affects sex. The condition impacts sex in many ways, but none that can't be dealt with using understanding, patience, and possibly medical treatment.
According to Web MD, a person with PCOS suffers from hormonal shifts. The medical community isn't entirely sure what causes the hormones to do this in the first place, but they do know that one hormone shift triggers another, and another, creating a snowball effect in the body. As explained on Web MD, the ovaries typically make a small amount of male sex hormones, or andogens. If a person has PCOS, they make more androgens. This can cause a sufferer to stop ovulating along with whole other host of symptoms.
According to the official PCOS website, the disorder affects between 5 and 10 percent of all women. As doctors and researchers try to figure out what causes the condition, treatments are being developed to help manage it. Some of these treatments could help in the sex department, but nothing is a guarantee. Here are five ways sex could be impacted if you suffer from PCOS.