PCOS in Trinidad & Tobago: More Common Than You Think

Gynaecology | Feb 29, 2024 | Written by Dr. Shevon Joseph

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance affecting roughly 1 in 10 women globally. But in Trinidad & Tobago, a recent study reveals a startling truth: nearly 1 in 4 women have PCOS. This blog dives into the key findings of our PCOS 360  study and what it means for women in the region.

Key Findings:

  • Prevalence: 24.4% of women in the study had PCOS, significantly higher than the global average.
  • Family history: Nearly 75% of women with PCOS had a family history of diabetes, suggesting a strong genetic link.
  • Weight: Over 58% were overweight or obese, highlighting the connection between PCOS and weight management.
  • Mental health: 38.9% struggled with depression or anxiety, emphasizing the emotional impact of PCOS.
  • Menstrual regularity: Only 32% with PCOS ovulate regularly, challenging the misconception that irregular periods are the sole indicator.
  • Other concerns: Recurrent vaginitis, hirsutism, and acne were also prevalent, showcasing the diverse symptoms of PCOS.

 

What does this mean for women in Trinidad & Tobago?

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  • Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial. Recognizing the high prevalence and diverse symptoms can help you get diagnosed and treated sooner.
  • Family history matters. Discussing family health history with your doctor can aid early detection and risk assessment.
  • Lifestyle changes are important. Maintaining a healthy weight and managing stress can significantly improve PCOS symptoms.
  • Mental health support is essential. Addressing the emotional impact of PCOS is crucial for overall well-being.
  • Further research is needed. Understanding the factors contributing to the high prevalence in Trinidad & Tobago can inform targeted interventions.

 

 

Check out our video to learn 7 Things You Should Know About PCOS

Remember

PCOS is a manageable condition. By raising awareness, encouraging early diagnosis, and promoting comprehensive care, we can empower women like you, in Trinidad & Tobago to thrive despite PCOS.

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