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31 Jan

How Does Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Affect Sex Life of Women?


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or, mostly known as PCOS become a common disease among the women of today’s generation.  It has been estimated that 1 in every 10-15 women are affected by this PCOS disease. We know that woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome faces infertility, several issues during childbirth, weight gain and depression. But, do you know that PCOS can affect a woman’s sex life. Yes, it does create a series of effects. Today we are going to discuss how PCOS can be the cause of a low sex drive and several sexual dysfunctions develop in women.




So, what is PCOS? What do we need to know about PCOS?

PCOS or, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome denotes a medical condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels very brutally. It indicates a group of syndromes which mainly harm the ovaries and ovulation process. A woman with PCOS syndrome has multiple cysts in her ovary. Three main features of PCOS are:


  • Multiple Cysts in the ovaries
  • High levels of male hormones (Especially androgens)
  • Irregular or skipped periods

Females of age group 15 to 44 are becoming the victim of PCOS disease with a higher frequency.
When your body develops PCOS condition, you can observe certain physical and mental changes. PCOS hampers womanhood as its effects on a woman’s ovaries i.e. the reproductive organ which produces estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones are assigned to regulate the menstrual cycle in women. Women’s ovaries also produce a small amount of male hormones. Due to PCOS, woman’s ovary couldn’t produce a sufficient amount of estrogen and progesterone. On the other hand, the production of androgen is increased. So, a female body can notice the following changes:


  • Weight Gain
  • Excessive Abdominal Fat
  • Acne prone skin
  • Abnormal growth of facial hair
  • Hair fall.
  • Absence of orgasm
  • Low sex drive
  • Mood variations


Yes! PCOS can your sex life or sexual relationship with your partner along with infertility. We all know about PCOS and infertility but none of us hardly knows the fact that woman with PCOS can face a rough sex life.

Apart from these, a woman can face clinical depression due to PCOS syndrome. In PCOS, a woman’s ovary got multiple cysts on its outer line and the size of ovary becomes enlarged. Egg released by a woman’s ovaries is fertilized by a man’s sperm. The monthly release of this egg is called as ovulation. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) both control and manage the ovulation process. FSH stimulates the ovary to produce a follicle which denotes a sac that contains an egg and then LH exaggerates the ovary to free a mature egg. What happens in PCOS is there are many small, fluid-filled sacs grow inside the ovary.  These sacs are actually follicles; each sac contains an immature egg. Such eggs can’t be mature enough to trigger ovulation. These follicles create multiple cysts.

On the other hand, the level of androgens is increased which can badly affect womanhood. Most of the females can face the situation that they aren’t attractive anymore to have sexual pleasure with their partners.



So, in how many ways a woman’s sexual life is affected by this Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?


Woman with PCOs often complaining about the fact that they don’t feel like a woman. If you can connect to this problem you should definitely go through the following discussion.


The main reason that woman cannot get a healthy and pleasurable sex life with PCOS is due to low libido. As a result, lower levels of testosterone can make feel a woman disinterested in sexual contact or, the person she loves and this may decrease her feminine energy. This situation leads a woman to the following mental & physical conditions respectively:



  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Mood Fluctuation
  • Clinical Depression
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Gaining Weight abnormally
  • Risk of catching Diabetes


All these mental and physical conditions are playing a crucial role behind a low sex drive in women.


Woman with PCOS often complaints about not having a great time during sex. We shall explain why this situation occurs. PCOS patients suffer the most from the sexual dysfunctions, especially they might have a higher chance of having less or no orgasm.  An excess amount of androgens produced by a woman’s ovary resist a woman’s mind and body to feel sexual pleasure.


But it is not only about hormones only. It has been observed that woman with PCOS can face a body image issue in a negative way which can cause a psychological block during sex. The physical changes including unexpected hair growth on the face, excessive abdominal fat, weight gain make a woman feel uncomfortable and uneasy concerning their body image while having sex. Hence, they are the victim of psychological conditions and cannot feel body positivity.


Most of the woman are reluctant about this matter while most of them suffer silently. Sexual pleasure can be achieved through proper coordination of body and mind and a sufficient flow of orgasmic hormones. But, PCOS disease resists that coordination to occur and as a result, a woman cannot relish their sex life according to her expectation.  


Hence, on the detection of irregular periods or monthly bleeding cycle, a woman should consult a gynecologist. On detecting PCOS, she should take proper medications to save her from developing a serious medical or, psychological condition.


But, in order to get back pleasurable sex life, a female should consult a sexologist.


We would recommend couple counseling and Ayurveda based, completely side-effect free treatment so that this problem of having low sex drive due to PCOS can be cured from the route. A healthy diet and Yogasana can bring steady improvement in this case.


Women should speak up about their sex life and consult a sexologist instead of suppressing their desire and wish. Too many therapies are there to create a positive body image and to cure PCOS.

To rejuvenate your sex life under the best Ayurveda-oriented treatment consult with Dr. Roy at Dr. Roy’s clinic. Book your appointment  and share your problem with us.