Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About myPCOSteam

Fatigue and PCOS

Posted on April 27, 2018

If you feel tired all the time, you’re not alone. Members of myPCOSteam say they experience extreme fatigue, particularly during their cycles. “I'm always tired, but during my periods, [I'm] exhausted to the point where I’m late for work, cannot properly function, and so lethargic. How do you deal with this?” asked one member. PCOS-related hormone imbalances may be one reason for flagging energy.

Doctors also check for hypothyroid, vitamin D levels, anemia, and other fatigue-triggering issues, often to no avail. And not having answers creates even more stress for women with PCOS. "I’ve had all the blood work, only thing that came up was low vitamin D. I’ve been taking vitamins [and doing] exercise, but [still] dragging,” reported one woman, echoing the concerns of others. “Doctors are clueless about PCOS and want to write fatigue off as middle age,” remarked another. Supplementing with vitamins or iron has helped some women, though always check with your doctor before adding them to your diet.

Others have had success with low-carb diets. “I'm now trying a Keto diet. It healed a couple of my friends who have PCOS.” Another swears by vigorous exercise. “Even a few jumping jacks, pushups, lunges, and body weight exercises can help,” she said. Getting lots of sleep, however, is the holy grail. “Fatigue with PCOS is SO REAL. For me [enough sleep] means 9-10 hours. That might be too much [for others], but it’s the only thing that staves off daytime tiredness,” explained one member. Connecting with other women who “get it” - and can provide support - is important when living with PCOS and fatigue.

On myPCOSteam, the social network and online support group for women living with PCOS, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Fatigue is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some conversations about fatigue:

Here are some question and answer threads about fatigue:

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myPCOSteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A myPCOSteam Member said:

I have had an hysterectomy also but up late night tossing n turning ridiculously

posted 4 months ago

hug (2)

Recent articles

Coronavirus
Article written by Kelly Crumrin Those of us living with pre-existing, chronic illnesses such as...

Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With PCOS

Article written by Kelly Crumrin Those of us living with pre-existing, chronic illnesses such as...
Setting intentions for 2020 with pcos
Eat healthier. Exercise more. Learn a new skill. Pay off a credit card. Many of us have made...

Setting Intentions for 2020 With PCOS

Eat healthier. Exercise more. Learn a new skill. Pay off a credit card. Many of us have made...
Practicing gratitude with pcos
This time of the year can be overwhelming with expectations around the holidays, and living with...

Practicing Gratitude With PCOS

This time of the year can be overwhelming with expectations around the holidays, and living with...
Insomnia and sleeplessness with pcos
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? You’re not alone. Members of myPCOSteam say frequent...

Insomnia and Sleeplessness with PCOS

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? You’re not alone. Members of myPCOSteam say frequent...
Pcos and hair loss
Hair loss can be an emotionally difficult symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – and a hot...

PCOS and Hair Loss

Hair loss can be an emotionally difficult symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – and a hot...
Enjoying the holidays while living with pcos
Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may change your holidays, but you can still have...

Enjoying the Holidays While Living With PCOS

Living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may change your holidays, but you can still have...
Tracking ovulation with pcos
Many myPCOSteam members use ovulation tracking methods when trying to conceive - often referred...

Tracking Ovulation With PCOS

Many myPCOSteam members use ovulation tracking methods when trying to conceive - often referred...
Excess hair acceptance and pcos 2 v2
If you face hirsutism, or excess hair growth, you’re not alone. Excess hair impacts as many as...

Excess Hair Acceptance and PCOS

If you face hirsutism, or excess hair growth, you’re not alone. Excess hair impacts as many as...
Mht af justdiagnosed heavyset
We all respond differently to information about our health. After learning you have polycystic...

You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With PCOS. Now What?

We all respond differently to information about our health. After learning you have polycystic...
Ovary pain and pcos
If you’ve ever felt pain in your ovaries, you’re not alone. Many members of myPCOSteam...

Ovary Pain and PCOS

If you’ve ever felt pain in your ovaries, you’re not alone. Many members of myPCOSteam...
myPCOSteam My PCOS Team

Two Ways to Get Started with myPCOSteam

Become a Member

Connect with others who are living with PCOS. Get members only access to emotional support, advice, treatment insights, and more.

sign up

Become a Subscriber

Get the latest articles about PCOS sent to your inbox.

Not now, thanks

Privacy policy
myPCOSteam My PCOS Team

Thank you for signing up.

close