Vitamin D and depression link in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

vitdA new joint study by the ’s Robinson Institute and Monash University’s for Health Implementation investigated the relationship between vitamin D and PCOS. It was determined that PCOS is not associated with but that low vitamin D is commonly found in overweight women.

The condition affects up to 21 per cent of reproductive-aged women and it can be associated with a wide range of reproductive, metabolic and psychological side effects.

“Depression, anxiety and are common side effects experienced by women with PCOS, and has been associated with both mood disorders and in the general population. So we wanted to investigate the relationship between and PCOS,” said Dr. Moran the lead .

“We found for the first time that there is an association between vitamin D levels with both depression and in overweight women, regardless of whether they have PCOS or not,” said Dr Moran.

“We also found that was common in women generally and there were no differences in vitamin D levels between women with and without PCOS,” she said.

“Further is needed into the link between vitamin D, and depression in order to develop the best prevention and treatment measures, but this is an important finding,” she said.


Vitamin D is independently associated with depression in overweight women with and without PCOS, L. J. Moran, H. J. Teede, and A. J. Vincent, Gynecological Endocrinology, doi: 10.3109/09513590.2014.975682, published online 4 November 2014.

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