Vol 63, No 6 (2012)
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Psychiatric disorders related to polycystic ovary syndrome

Katarzyna Krępuła, Bożena Bidzińska-Speichert, Agnieszka Lenarcik, Urszula Tworowska-Bardzińska
Endokrynol Pol 2012;63(6):488-491.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. The psychiatric disorders accompanying the clinical symptoms and hormonal abnormalities are important, but underestimated, aspects in PCOS. Obesity, hirsutism, acne, menstrual disturbances and infertility play important roles in lowering the quality of life in women with PCOS. Depression and anxiety are more often observed in patients with PCOS than in healthy women. Some authors consider that there is a relationship between valproic acid treatment of bipolar disease and PCOS. There have been reports that in women with PCOS anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other unspecified eating disorders are found more often than in the general population. (Endokrynol Pol 2012; 63 (6): 488–491)

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