Are Lesbians More Likely to Develop PCOS?

This question may seem a little odd to… well, anyone. Questions about physical differences between sexual orientations have been ongoing since the beginning of science, but to think that they would affect one’s propensity to an illness may seem a bit outlandish, especially since modern biology has yet to find definitive answers to the many questions that surround this topic. Despite its unique nature, it is a valid scientific question, especially in the medical field, as any bit of information about one demographic or another can help doctors focus their search for the root of their patients’ symptoms. In a study conducted at the London Women’s Clinic by Dr. Rina Agrawal, it has been found that yes; lesbian women may be at a higher risk for developing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) than their heterosexual counterparts.

The study focused on 618 patients at the clinic that were treated for infertility. Of these women, 254 were homosexual and 364 were heterosexual. None of the participants knew whether or not they had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) before the study began, though 15 percent of them had undergone treatment for symptoms that are linked to the condition (such as infertility and excessive hair growth).

Over the course of the study, their ovaries, hormone levels, and medical histories were evaluated. Polycystic ovaries, a common symptom of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), were found in 80 percent of the homosexual women involved in the study and only 32 percent of the heterosexual women. Despite this high rate of polycystic ovaries, not all of the women found to have cysts were diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), as cysts can occur on their own. However, over double the amount of lesbian women (32 percent) were diagnosed with the condition than straight women (14 percent).

The cause of the difference in the number of gay and straight women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is not entirely clear, but Dr. Agrawal commented that “Initial results are also suggestive of a significantly greater hyperandrogenism in lesbians compared with heterosexual women.” As an increase in androgens (male hormones) is often a part of the condition, this seems to be a valid finding that merits additional research.

Dr. Agrawal commented that this is an important piece of information for physicians to keep in mind when treating gay women for symptoms related to PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), as it may point them in the direction of their underlying condition and decrease the amount of time that elapses between the onset of symptoms and the onset of treatment.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is also often caused by Insulin Resistance, a condition that all women with this illness should be tested for. Fortunately, the resistance of insulin can be reversed in many cases by following a properly developed treatment system. Successful treatment consists of eating a balanced diet that strays away from foods with a high glycemic index and artificial sweeteners, implementing a new exercise routine that falls in line with individual physical capabilities, and taking a combination of nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, and herbs) to combat the condition.

To learn more about the subject of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and it’s impact on the lesbian population visit us on the web at www.pcos.com/pcos-and-lesbians/

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For more information about Insulin Resistance and research links to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), PubMed Health, GenBank and more visit us at www.pcos.com.

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