Veins, Arteries, and Ovaries — Oh My!: How PCOS Influences Vascular Health

While women’s health sounds as though it may be an entirely separate matter from vascular health, the truth is that the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

That is, as one part of the body exhibits abnormal functioning, so too may it impact other parts of the body.

Here’s how PCOS, in specific, may impact a woman’s vascular health:

What is PCOS?

“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age,” according to the Office on Women’s Health.

Manifesting as a hormonal disorder, PCOS  develops when a woman’s ovaries overproduce androgens, or male sex hormones. Consequently, benign cysts begin to grow in a woman’s ovaries. As such, women with this condition commonly experience symptoms such as:

  • Infertility
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Abdominal pain
  • And more

While the specific cause of PCOS is still unknown, most medical researchers believe it to be the result of both environmental and genetic factors.

From PCOS to Vascular Health

When it comes to the overall vascular health of patients, women with PCOS may be particularly susceptible to complications depending on their age and lifestyle habits. Additionally, as it is women of childbearing age who most commonly develop PCOS, they may experience greater vascular symptoms as they give birth to more children.

For example, “PCOS risk factors, like being overweight or having insulin-resistant diabetes or higher blood pressure, are associated with cardiovascular disease” – Hopkins Medicine

High blood pressure and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are other such medical challenges that are known to occur more frequently in women with PCOS.

Finally, as obese women are at a higher risk for developing PCOS, they are more likely to experience vascular comorbidities like peripheral arterial disease (PAD), venous reflux, and more.

Your Health, Our Solutions

At the end of the day, PCOS is one of many medical conditions that will further open the door to vascular symptoms.

That being said, from arterial complications to unsightly veins, no two patients will experience their conditions the same way.

That’s why, here at Duval Vascular Center, we provide an individualized approach to both diagnosing and treating our patients! Not only will we collaborate with your team of health care providers to ensure you are receiving the most customized care possible, but we will do it all in a state-of-the-art outpatient setting.

If you have further questions or are ready to schedule your FREE vein screening, contact our team today by calling 904-518-1398! No matter your needs, your health is our priority.