A total of 196 women at a mean age of 28 with PCOS were included, of which 38% screened high-risk for OSA. The high-risk OSA group had a higher mean score as compared to the low-risk OSA group. Women in the high-risk OSA group had increased odds of moderate or severe depression and anxiety. Based on this study, researchers recommend that routine OSA screening in women with PCOS be undertaken, particularly in the setting of existing depression and anxiety.
“The cause of PCOS is still not well understood, but we do know that 1 in 10 women in their childbearing years suffer from PCOS. In addition to infertility, PCOS is also associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications such as hypertension and abnormal blood lipids. This recent study suggests that diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea may have added psychological benefits for women with PCOS and highlights the broad health implications of this condition.” Said Marla Lujan, PhD, Chair of the Androgen Excess SIG.