**Stress and PCOS
-PCOS is a hormonal disorder that often first shows symptoms around puberty.
-Stress is implicated both in the cause and worsening of PCOS
-PCOS is known to cause stress, particularly over the physical symptoms of the condition, such as excessive facial and body hair.
-Approximately 70 percent of women with PCOS are insulin-resistant, which means their cells don’t take in glucose the way they should. This can lead to elevated blood sugar.
-Insulin resistance is also associated with depression, although it isn’t clear why.
-One theory is that insulin resistance changes how the body makes certain hormones that can lead to prolonged stress and depression.
-PCOS is also associated with inflammation throughout the body.
-Prolonged inflammation is associated with high cortisol levels, which increases stress and depression.
-High cortisol also increases the risk of insulin resistance, which in turn can cause depression.
-Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to experience anxiety and depression.
Studies say that anywhere from 27 percent to around 50 percent of women with PCOS report being depressed, compared to around 19 percent of women without PCOS.
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.