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PCOS and Relationships: Talking About PCOS

PCOS can not only affect your physical and mental but sometimes your relationships too. Often it is helpful to have someone close to you who understands your condition and is there for you on days you don't feel too good. But talking about PCOS can feel very personal. How do you go about it?

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Posted on October 8, 2022 ·

For some women, the journey to being diagnosed with PCOS can be a long one and can bring in a range of feelings and emotions when you learn about your diagnosis.

Sometimes it can feel easier to not  talk about your condition and your symptoms with those close to you. Maybe because you don’t want to burden them with your health problems, or you feel like they won’t understand your condition.

Although having a conversation about PCOS with your family or friends can be difficult — it is helpful to have someone close to you understand what you’re going through and support you in this journey.

Talking to your friends and family about PCOS

Depending on the relationship you share with the person you are talking to, they may respond in various ways. To help you navigate through a difficult conversation and help you be prepared to talk about your condition, here are some things you can keep in mind:

  1. Choose a time that works for the both of you, so that they will be able to take in what you are telling them without any distractions
  2. You can start by explaining the physical symptoms you’re experiencing and how it’s affecting your daily life. It might help to rehearse it first in your head
  3. Depending on how it feels and how they respond, give them as much or as little information that feels comfortable to the both of you
  4. If you don’t want to overwhelm them with information, offer them resources to read or watch in their own time
  5. Let them know about your doctor appointments, what the treatment looks like and how they can help and support you

The decision to talk about your condition with the people close to you is a very personal one but it is also very important. In chronic conditions such as PCOS, having a source of motivation, who’ll be there for you on days you don’t feel too good can give you that sense of hope and the drive to keep going to reverse PCOS for life.

PCOS and sex life

Having a healthy sexual relationship with your partner is just as important to your overall well-being and happiness. However, women with PCOS reportedly show problems with sexual function such as libido which can have an impact on your personal life. If you are someone who is experiencing difficulties in your sexual life, the first step is to speak to your partner to increase their understanding of your condition and the symptoms you’re experiencing. You should also not hesitate to speak to your doctor for any concerns regarding sexual dysfunction. 

Meanwhile, you can focus on managing your symptoms of PCOS with a combination of lifestyle modifications and medications that will ultimately help improve your sexual health.

Having difficulty in sexual relationship can affect you in far more subtle ways than you can think. So knowing that you’re not the only one, can help you take the first step.

There are certain chronic conditions including PCOS which has the potential to change the way you live. So it’s only natural to want to learn as much as possible about them. There are many women like you who have kept going and have overcome their PCOS symptoms. Your progress might not look straightforward, but your effort counts everyday and you’re one step closer to reclaiming your life from PCOS. 

Disclaimer: Content on Veera is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice given by a physician

Verified by Dr. Iris Lee

Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lee is a fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed medical school and residency training at the University of Pennsylvania as well. Her work focuses primarily on PCOS, particularly the metabolic and mental health implications. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her husband and two puppies.

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