Stress is something we all have to deal with in our lives but many studies have shown that excessive stress and worry is very bad for our health. With this in mind, can stress cause ovarian cysts or PCOS and if so how?
If you are a highly stressed individual for whatever reasons the outlook is not good because HAS been linked to PCOS and ovarian cysts to varying degrees and it places further pressures upon your body that you do not need.
The reason for this that chronic high levels of stress cause hormone imbalances that are the root cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and can lead to the enlargement of swollen cysts to extremely large proportions. This is because a female hormone called pregnenolone is needed to cope with prolonged stress and is diverted from the usual body pathways and this leads to a female hormones fluctuating and over or under producing what is needed to maintain a healthy and normal menstrual cycles which in turn leads to the root causes of ovarian cysts and PCOS.
Other related stress problems
Stress does not only cause hormonal imbalance but also lowers your immune system which is another problem that leads to more illness and infections in your body. This usually makes you even more stressed and so a viscous cycle of poor health, fluctuating hormones and continued stress places a massive toll on your body which can lead to weight gain which is another problem directly related to ovarian cysts and PCOS in particular. If you are genetically inclined carrying a bit more weight can lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes all which play a major role in unbalancing your hormones any further.
Does Reducing Stress Stop PCOS and Ovarian Cysts?
Stress is a big factor but it is not the entire puzzle of ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome. There are many other factors genetic and lifestyle that contribute to the overall conditions. This being said, reducing stress WILL make an improvement and aid towards a reversal of PCOS and shrinking of the cysts.
How to de-stress is an endless topic and often very personal in nature so my advice is to make sure you know what stresses are impacting on you and work to reduce them in whatever way you can. Also make sure to simply take time out no matter how busy you are to take part of stress reliving activities as every small step you take away from the whirling chaos and stress of life helps your body to normalize and get your hormones under control.