Research has shown a link between mothers with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and the risk of having a child with Autism. PCOS is a condition that causes hormonal imbalances in females, including elevated testosterone levels, and poor insulin regulation and an increased risk of obesity. Although PCOS increases the risk of infertility, women who are able to conceive were 59% more likely to have a child with Autism. Even more shocking, an obese woman with PCOS is 113% more likely to have a child with Autism. PCOS affects up to 15% of women.
One of the suspected reasons for this increased risk included higher than normal testosterone exposure for the fetus, but it also may be related to other physiological findings in a mother with PCOS including:
- Increased risk of gestational diabetes
- Insulin dysregulation
- Poor methylation
Our naturopathic doctors have a proven track record of effectively helping patients manage their polycystic ovarian syndrome, including achieving a healthy pre-pregnancy weight. Due to the significant increased risk of Autism when the mother has uncontrolled polycystic ovarian syndrome it is recommended to consult one of our experienced naturopathic doctors prior to trying to conceive to ensure that you are your healthiest self and your PCOS is managed to ensure a healthy pregnancy and to create a healthier life for your child.