pcos and fatigue

Fatigue is one of the leading symptoms reported among women with PCOS. Additional causes of fatigue may include an underactive thyroid, low vitamin B12 or vitamin D levels, and anemia (low blood count). Factors such as sleep problems and side effects of medications can also play a role. For example, metformin may play a role in lowering vitamin B12 levels.

If you haven’t been checked out for other contributing causes of fatigue, talk to your doctor about further evaluation. Conditions like hyypothyroidism, low vitamin B12, and anemia are treatable. Your doctor or pharmacist can identify drug and supplement side-effects or interactions that may be causing fatigue and recommend adjustments to your regimen. Also, too little sleep can affect energy, mood, and other symptoms such as pain.