Can PCOS Cause Back Pain?

Dr Sandra
October 11, 2023
3 Minutes
PCOS and Back Pain

Do you experience back pain and wonder if it could be related to your PCOS? While back pain may not be a direct symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there are several ways in which the condition can contribute to or worsen back pain. In this blog, we'll explore the potential causes and offer some tips for managing back pain in women with PCOS.

Hormonal Imbalances and Muscle Tension

PCOS is known for causing hormonal imbalances, including elevated levels of androgens. These imbalances can impact the musculoskeletal system, leading to muscle tension, inflammation, and pain, including back pain. So, if you're experiencing back pain alongside PCOS, hormonal imbalances could be a contributing factor.

Insulin Resistance and Inflammation

Insulin resistance, a common characteristic of PCOS, can result in elevated insulin levels and increased inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation, in turn, can contribute to pain, including back pain. Managing insulin resistance and reducing inflammation may help alleviate back pain in women with PCOS.

Weight Gain and Increased Pressure

Weight management can be challenging for women with PCOS. Excess weight puts additional stress on the back and spine, leading to increased pressure and strain on the muscles and joints. This can result in back pain. Maintaining a healthy weight through balanced nutrition and regular exercise can help reduce the strain on your back and alleviate pain.

Sedentary Lifestyle and Muscle Weakness

The symptoms of PCOS, such as fatigue and irregular periods, may make it difficult to engage in regular physical activity. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to muscle weakness and imbalances, which can lead to back pain. Incorporating regular exercise, such as low-impact activities and strength training, can help strengthen your core muscles, improve posture, and reduce back pain.

Psychological Factors and Pain Perception

Living with a chronic condition like PCOS can take an emotional toll. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common among women with PCOS, and these psychological factors can influence pain perception, including back pain. Managing stress and prioritising self-care through relaxation techniques, meditation, or yoga can help reduce muscle tension and alleviate pain.

By addressing the various aspects of PCOS and implementing a well-rounded approach, you can make significant strides in managing your back pain.
In Curate Health, our non-judgemental and friendly panel of PCOS experts are always ready to help you inside out! Together, let's support each other, share experiences, and find the strategies that work best for managing PCOS-related back pain. You deserve to live a life free from discomfort, and with the right approach and support, you can achieve just that.